Although Dr. Fink and I are most active on Bipolar Beat, we continue to maintain our original Bipolar Blog. We rarely post to it anymore, but it has evolved into a place where people can go to share their bipolar stories. Just today, Nicole posted her story. Following is an excerpt of Nicole’s Story.

I was born in 1979 to a bipolar/mildly schizophrenic mother, with a long history of mental illness on her side of the family and a father who suffered from chronic depression. From about the time I was 8, he was in bed all the time. I knew something was wrong with my mom since I was little. “She is sick” I was told. I didn’t really understand but I knew they didn’t mean that she had a cold or needed surgery. While sick she would scream in the middle of the streets, dress odd, wear an entire bottle of perfume, diet excessively, not sleep, had extreme anxiety, not eat and disappear.