You’re cruising through life with a pretty clear idea of where you’re going. You have dreams, goals, aspirations…. Then, wham! Bipolar disorder T-bones you. When you finally wake up, you don’t know what hit you. You’re still in shock, walking around in a daze, trying to figure out what happened.

After you regain your composure, you realize that nothing will ever be the same. Bipolar disorder, for good or bad, has changed your life forever. Now you need to adapt.

The need to adapt to change isn’t unique. As humans, it’s a pretty common occurrence. Major life-changing events occur throughout one’s life – graduation, marriage, divorce, the birth or death of a child, job or career changes, death, bankruptcy… these can all force you to rethink who you are and what you’re doing on this planet. They force you to adapt to a new reality.

How each of these life-changing events alters one’s life view and vision is unique. Some people are more positive than others and each change affects a particular individual in a unique way. For some people, bipolar is just a small speed bump on the road of life. For others, it’s a 52-car pileup. Some people emerge angry and bitter, while others become more accepting and compassionate.

How has bipolar disorder changed you? Whether you have bipolar or have a loved one with bipolar, please share your experiences and insights into how it has changed your life, particularly your view of life and how you envision your future.