“High Functioning” Bipolar Disorder

45 Truths People With Bipolar Disorder Wish Others Understood:

This article was written by:  from HealthyPlace.com (Breaking Bipolar Blog)

Sometimes people don’t believe I’m particularly sick. They meet me, I look fine, I interact, I charm, I wit and all seems, if not normal, at least something reasonably normal adjacent.

And that’s fine. It’s by design. Being a high-functioning mentally ill person, I can’t really afford to run around with my hair on fire. But faking normalcy, happiness and pleasure is a tricky and very expensive bit of business.

High-Functioning Bipolar

Being a “high-functioning” bipolar doesn’t really have a definition, per se. The term indicates that I’m not in a mental hospital, and I do things like live on my own, pay rent, work, and whatnot. I would suggest that being “high-functioning” seems to indicate that I can fake not being a crazy person.

High-Functioning Weekdays

It’s really important that I be able to put my bipolar on the shelf. I have to be able to put the crazy away so that I can talk to people, engage in business, produce technical documentation, write articles and so on. I wrote about 12,000 words last week for clients. You can’t do that if you’re pondering where on your wrist the best place to slice is.

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(repost from 2015)

8 thoughts on ““High Functioning” Bipolar Disorder

  1. Raegina says:

    Hahahaha love this and can relate. I had someone say this to me recently too – ‘the doctors would love you, they don’t see high functioning bipolar very often’. Gave me the shits but I totally agree with this!

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  2. robertmgoldstein says:

    There are many people with severe mood disorders who would love to have the skill to put crazy aside. Yet having that skill creates a special kind of hell. It is a bit like being between worlds and the sense of isolation is particularly painful.


    • cherished79 says:

      Very well said, and some people don’t even know what BP is. and assume now that it’s tied to the mind of any mass shooter, cop killer etc out there. Sad when you are trying to educate stigma. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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      • robertmgoldstein says:

        The only way to get past the stigma is for us to do exactly what we are doing. We are not criminals, most of us would not be homeless if we were not systematically reduced to poverty, we are not “chronic, we’re not “behaviors,” and we’re not parasites, laggards, lazy and malingering. In fact, most of these shootings would not happen if we had a fully funded mental health system that treated people when they need it instead of placing obstacles in our way and reducing our pain to not thinking nice thoughts.


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