I am 28 years old and have been recently diagnosed with bipolar. It's very hard to deal with. I didn't think anything was wrong with me, that that was just the way I was, until someone pointed out some similar behavior between my actions and her son's. I spent a lot of time thinking about what she said. I went to my doctor and after, thankfully, one trial of Paxil, we discovered it was bipolar disorder. My younger brother has this condition, along with some others, and I know second hand how difficult it can be for people who don't experience this type of disorder. My long time partner is finding it difficult, but is trying to be understanding. He went online and looked it up. After visiting a couple of sites, he came to me the next day and told me how amazing he thought I was, and that all of this must have been difficult. One on hand, I was floored, on the other, mad. I still don't want to face this. I still believe, to some extent, that it's just a phase and there's nothing wrong with me. And yet, it seems to smack me in the face every time I turn around. Am I the only one who started out this way? Does it get better over time? Will I be able to work like a "normal" person? Can anyone answer these questions for me?
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