Bipolar disorder results in a 10 year reduction in lifespan. 1 in 5 people with bipolar disorder commit suicide.
Women are 3x as likely to have bipolar disorder than men.
Patients with bipolar disorder are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, COPD, and influenza.
When you’re manic, you think you can do anything. You could jump off a building and leave without a scratch. You could screw a thousand guys without protection and never get an STI. You could spend $100 you don’t have and still be able to buy groceries.
Mania is a small piece of time when people with BD don’t have to think about the fact that they are dying, or that they are more likely to die.
It took me a long time to learn this, but
I am dying.
Mentally, I am deteriorating. With every swing, white matter isn’t advancing. Grey matter…
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