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I Survive Bipolar Disorder – I Can Do Anything + Video

I hate having bipolar disorder. It’s my least favorite thing about me. For all the talents I have developed, possibly in part, due to bipolar disorder, I would give those up in a moment to simply not be sick.

But I did realize something about bipolar disorder – just surviving it is an achievement. And if I can survive bipolar disorder then I can do anything.

Bipolar Disorder and Harm

Bipolar disorder, unfortunately, takes the lives of 15% of suffers. Additionally, more than 50% of people with bipolar disorder will attempt suicide, many more than once. A large number of people with bipolar disorder will also experience major everyday functioning difficulties hurting themselves and often the people around them.

This is a deadly illness and one not to be taken lightly.

But I Survive with Bipolar Disorder

CB012344But oddly, I have survived with bipolar disorder. Some would argue, thrived, in spite of the illness. I would imagine this is because of a lot of factors including biological ones and just plain luck.

But make no mistake; I also work very hard every moment of every day trying desperately to survive this thing that tries to kill me where I stand.

It’s life-altering work. It’s a soul-squelching effort. It’s more than I think I have, so much of the time.

But I survive. It’s the weirdest of things. I’m not quite sure how it works.

I’m Not Scared

And so, in comparison, everything seems like an absolute cake walk.

Have a client ridiculously scream in your face? Meh. Whatever.

Have to work with the she-devil of the Evil Empire? Alrighty-then.

Find yourself launched off a cliff into a tree via paraglider? Oh bother.

Because really, what’s worse than a mental illness that’s with you every moment of every day forcing drugs, failed treatments and therapies and other nonsense into your life?


Well, very few things. Very few things suck quite as much as that.

So bring it on. I am bipolar. I am strong. I survive.

Did Bipolar Prepare me for Skydiving? – A Video

Quite possibly.

You must do the things you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You can find Natasha Tracy on Facebook or GooglePlus or @Natasha_Tracy on Twitter.

Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.

Find Natasha Tracy on her blog, Bipolar Burble, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

14 thoughts on “I Survive Bipolar Disorder – I Can Do Anything + Video”

  1. The definition of resilience…

    an ability to recover from or adjust “easily’ to misfortune or change

    I believe creating resilience to life’s ups and downs is the essential key to unlocking the door to a better life and surviving or even thriving inspite of this damn disease

    Make no mistake, NOTHING is EASY about having this dis-ease but it’s been my goal for quite some time to research and create better coping skills and strategies for me in dealing with this disease and life in general. I keep hoping that if I don’t give up it will become ‘easier’ over time.

    Reading all the bipolar blogs on this website helps to feel less alone in my experience with this disease but it would also be more helpful to learn about the COPING skills and strategies employed by others that seem to be working for them

  2. It gets so bad sometimes. I know it will get getter if I just hold on for one more day, two more d’ays, maybe just one more hour. Drinking and drugs, sleep deprivation, hours upon hours of working without taking a break. writing, painting, sculpting…It’s getting harder and harder to avoid a bad situation. I’ve been bipolar for 40 years. I’m so sick of this. it takes too much energy to stay between the lines. Is there hope? are there new drugs? I need something. The three Ls are not working anymore. Please I need some new toold to manage my desease. thank you.

  3. This illness is sucking the life out of me. I get so tired of having the suicidal thoughts. They wear me out, both emotionally and physically. The meds probably help some, but the symptoms are still there. It’s no fun waking up in the mornings all amped up and then hours later you started having those thoughts about killing yourself. I hide my moods from my family, because I don’t want them to get tired of me or worry. I’m going back to my doctor this week and will be asking him to try something different with my meds. On top of the bipolar I have A.D.D. Sometimes it seems hopeless.

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