Hi Everyone. I have bipolar disorder and a story to share. Up until I graduated high school in 2006 I never would have thought I had a mental illness. Upon finishing college at San Diego State a few years later, everything in my life was going great. I was healthy, ambitious, in love, and the world was my oyster. I took a little road trip to Santa Barbara to celebrate finishing college when my illness surfaced itself for the first time.
I remember waking up early after my first night there. I had plenty of energy despite not getting much sleep, I wasn’t hungry, and I felt great. My brain was beginning to neglect my body’s basic needs as it was experiencing a high off its own dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, three of our body’s most important neurotransmitters. The remainder of the day in Santa Barbara I felt euphoric. I remember holding my girlfriend’s hand while on the patio and crying a lot just because I was so happy. While it seemed a merited cry at the time, looking back it was an obvious sign that I was moving away from emotional stability.
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