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I'm 22 years old and recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The main tell tale sign was being put on anti-depressants, and then becoming stark mad.

My worst fear was to be called or seen as crazy. I guess I knew I was.

I've always been very good with control over my behavior and speech. Though, during the times I'd black out due to alcohol, a lot of the crazy would come out. Or so I'm told.

I have done some odd things. Things I'm only now starting to forgive myself for, and thus be willing to talk about.

Despite my illness, I'm pretty successful. Just graduated college Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in psychology, minor in criminal justice. I just started a new temp job that's paying a treating me pretty well. I have a boyfriend, whom I love. Also, I do have a social life, though it is much smaller than it used to be.

I now regularly attend two different chapters of DBSA's support groups.

Hoping that by utilizing this forum I will develop some new relationships and become more educated.

Thanks for giving a shit.

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melee, we do indeed give a shit. This place saved my life at a time when I was really in the Black Pit of Despair.

I know it's kind of scary when you're first diagnosed, but I'm glad you were diagnosed at a relatively young age. We have folks who grappled with bipolar for 15 or 20 years before getting any treatment at all.

Be sure to read the rules, and don't be afraid to contact a mod if you have a question. I'm glad you found us.


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There are people here who were in or are in a similar boat.

There are folks who were diagnosed younger and those like me who weren't until quite late.

We have people of all ages, background, SES, whatever, you name it.

Many of your questions will find answers.

Read back posts. Take a peak at the blogs.

Please feel free to ask about anything that crosses your mind.

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