by Melissa in Texas
My bipolar disorder has affected my life in many ways. It affected my schoolwork back in 1980s when I was in my twenties when I was having rapid thoughts. I didn't know I had bipolar disorder then.
I also struggled with seasonal affective disorder when my moods would be up in the spring and down in the fall. I nearly didn't get my diploma in journalism. I fought for it, and with my parents' support, won and graduated in 1988. My relationship with my parents and daughter has had its ups and downs but is getting better.
My boyfriend, however, has difficulty understanding bipolar disorder and doesn't understand why I get so anxious. I've explained that I'm stabilized and go to a wonderful psychiatrist, but he still doesn't understand.