Quotes on Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Quotes Provide Insight

These bipolar quotes focus on mania, depression and other issues related to bipolar disorder. Want some idea of what it's like living with bipolar disorder? Read the bipolar quotes below and decide which ones speak to you.

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“I hate when I tell someone I have bipolar and see a look of terror in their eyes.”


"My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle"


“I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, but I also tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been mildly manic. When I am my present 'normal' self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.”


I'm not bipolar, I've just had a bipolar life foisted upon me."


"I'm bipolar, but I'm not crazy, and I never was. I'm stark raving sane."


"And all of a sudden I felt really tired. Like the world had drained me of everything I have."


“Bipolar is like being in a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you can predict drop-offs and others you just have to hang on because the next turn sends you into an unexpected spiral. Sometimes you are laughing and throwing your hands in the air and then other times you are clinging, simply holding on for dear life screaming at the top your lungs.”


“Yes. I’m bipolar…I take a pill to stop the extreme highs. I take a pill to stop the extreme lows. I take a pill to sleep. I take a pill for anxiety. I hate taking pills but I’m stable.”


“Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken, it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day.”


“Even when I'm in a really great, steady and stable place...I'm clinically bipolar so that always exists -- a darkness always exists."


“Bipolar disorder it's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”


"Time will pass; these moods will pass; and I will eventually, be myself again."


“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”


"It may seem like I didn't do much of anything today, but what I have going in mentally has me physically exhausted."


"Some days I can conquer the world, other days it takes me three hours to convince myself to bathe."


"Having the motivation to change the world one moment, then not having the motivation to even wash yourself."


"Bipolar is an illness, not a hopeless destination."


"I can be happy, I can laugh, I can smile and I can feel good about the world and about life and be optimistic about things without being manic or hypomanic."


"Which of my feelings are real? Which of the me's is me? The wild, impulsive, chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed, and tired one? Probably a bit of both, hopefully, much that is neither."


"Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are."

More Bipolar Quotes to Comfort You and Make You Think

Don't stop reading yet! Below are several dozen more bipolar quotes that will give you either an understanding of what life is like with bipolar disorder or validation for the life with bipolar disorder that you live.

“We're not crazy or insane. We are just people living with a condition.”


“I just have this happy personality and a sad soul in one body. It feels weird sometimes.”


“Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse, drowning beneath the waves, or dying from the thirst.”


"I need them to be aware and present with me in the midst of the storm, not just tell me what to do."


“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”


"My demons though quiet are never quite silenced. Calm as they may be, they wait patiently for a reason to wake, take an overdue breath and crawl back to my ear."


"Those moments when you just want to fall asleep because you'd rather not deal with the intensity of the depressive mood swing."


"Never knowing whether an episode will last for half an hour or half a month."


"Bipolar hypomania can be scary, maybe not because of the hypomania, but because of the depression afterward."


"One day I'm on top of the world and the next I feel like I don't even deserve to be on it."


"Sometimes I don't know if I'm actually happy or it's just my mania talking."


"I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn't who I am."


"People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it and its effects. Mostly just to make them feel better."


"Sometimes I shut down and don't talk to anyone for days. It's nothing personal."


"And sometimes I just need to be alone, so I can cry without being judged, so I can think without being interrupted, so I don't bring anyone else down with me."


"At night, I can't sleep. In the morning, I can't wake up."


"It seems insane to be expected to lie in a dark room alone and not feel completely crazy and bipolar and confused and more awake."


"The sudden moments of sadness hurt you even more because you know you were happy just a little while ago."


"I am good for a while. I'll talk more, laugh more. Sleep and eat normally. But then something happens, like a switch turns off somewhere and all I am left with is the darkness of my mind."


"I know I have to be careful because there is something self-destructive within me."


"I'm not afraid of the dark, I'm more afraid of not finding the light once again."


"I constantly feel like I'm at war with myself."


"There are days I just cannot participate in life."


"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then."


"When she was down, she was very very down. But when she was high, she could fly."


"One second I'm perfectly fine and the next it's like a volcano erupts inside me, leaving me miserable."


"Having bipolar disorder means waking up not knowing whether Tigger or Eeyore will be making your decisions for you."


"A Bipolar Mind: You are either too happy, too sad or you just don't care. Finding feelings in the middle does not come naturally. You have to fight every day to find them."


"And like the sea, I'm constantly changing from calm to hell."


"Bipolar can make you unstable, but you are still able. Never give up, never give in, you will find your peace again."


"I HAVE bipolar disorder. I am NOT bipolar. I am NOT my illness. My illness is a PART of me."


"There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain, the mind must leave reality behind."


"When depression takes over and I can't push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out, It's the only way I know how to survive."


"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life."


"Too many emotions, not enough words."


"I actually stopped talking. I actually listened. So I knew that I wasn't all the way manic, because when you're all the way manic you never listen to anybody but yourself."


"One of the things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don't have prior awareness, you don't have any idea what hit you."


"It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends."


"I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic."


"The point about manic depression or bipolar disorder, as it's now more commonly called, is that it's about mood swings. So, you have an elevated mood. When people think of manic depression, they only hear the word depression. They think one's a depressive. The point is, one's a manic-depressive."


"Manic depression is touching my soul. I know what I want but I just don´t know how to, go about getting it."


"Stop preaching; stop weeping. You are a manic-depressive, always. your life is larger than most, unimaginable. You're blessed; just admit it and take the damn pill."


"Suicide too often results from the impulsive nature and physical speed of psychotic mania coupled with depression's paranoid self-loathing."


"The world's a rollercoaster and I am not strapped in."


"It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative--whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it."


"Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own."


"Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand."


"When my mind plays tricks on me I can deal. But when my mind plays tricks on my mind I can not tell what's real."


"What if talking about your feelings doesn't fix anything? What if what you really need is to make the feelings go away?"


"You wake up one morning and there it is, sitting in an old plaid bathrobe in your kitchen, unpleasant and unshaved. You look at it, heart sinking. Madness is a rotten guest."


"People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it, and its effects – mostly just to make them feel better."


"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life."


"Compared to bipolar's magic, reality seems a raw deal."


"Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks."

APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2013, January 29). Quotes on Bipolar Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 16 from

Last Updated: April 13, 2020

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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