I Have Bi-Polar Disease

This is the second essay in a new column on The Frisky called “I Have _____.” In each piece a female writer talks about her experience with a health issue. Frankly, we’re curious about our bodies and yours, including the medical issues many of us are faced with. In “I Have _____” we promise to bring you the absolute real deal from a real woman.

Bipolars are criminals. Homicidal maniacs. Dangers to the public. Violent and in need of institutionalization. Selfish people acting out in an attempt to gain attention.

Hi, I’m Megan, I’m bipolar and I am none of these things. And I’m none of the hundreds of other common misconceptions about bipolar, either.