Mental Health Awareness: Life with Bipolar Disorder

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NORTON -- Bipolar Disorder, what was once called "Manic Depression," is something that affects ten million Americans according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Find out more about by Bipolar Disorder on the NAMI Website.

The illness consists of a person having real highs and real lows.   According to NAMI it's a condition where someone can experience depression, or be over-energized to the point they are illogical, or impulsive.

Judy Rosenberg was a newlywed, and had just given birth to her son, Stephen and in her mid-twenties.  It should have been the happiest time in her life.  It was anything but,  and she had no explanation why.  

"Everything is brand new to you and I just feel like I completely lost my mind I, I didn't feel right even inside my own body," she explained.

"Every day she thought something different was wrong with her, sinus infection, heart, blood, and finally that one day where she said she'd be better if she wasn't here," her husband Jeff said.

With that threat of suicide Jeff knew his wife was in more than just a "funk" and took Judy to the hospital. 

She was diagnosed with the disorder. "I don't have high mania I have hypo mania which is more anger than a little hysteria," she explained, "It's absolutely ridiculous of what I can make out of something so small,"  she goes on to say, "I know it's ridiculous... logically, I know what I am doing.  Mentally, I don't know. It's totally different from logic."  

For 18 years now her illness is under control with medication.  She is very open to talking about the illness.  

She gets frustrated when people stereotype a mental illness as some sort of excuse. "That drives me bananas, why would I want to be this way? And how could you make up something so painful and debilitating."  

According to NAMI, it is very common for someone with Bipolar Disorder to want to discontinue their medication because of side effects or because it's been a while since the last episode. But the progress that is made is made possible in-part through that medication so continued success is reliant on that.

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