Who am I, if not bipolar?

About 5 weeks ago, I completed my transition off psychiatric medication. A few days short of 13 straight years of ~100% medication compliance.

I used to hide my disease in shame, and very rarely would say, “I am bipolar.” Then, “I have bipolar.” Then, “I have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.” Sometimes, “I have been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.”

I don’t identify with a disease label anymore.

Yes, my integrative psychiatrist knows I stopped taking the lamotrigene. We had talked about that becoming a goal of mine, at some point. It happened faster than either of us expected it to.

When I told her that “I don’t identify as having bipolar disorder anymore” she nodded, and took lots of notes. I see her again next week.

So what do I do with this blog, that I named after this diagnostic label?

Published by Adam Harvey

A point of consciousness, currently residing in a space suit made out of meat.

2 thoughts on “Who am I, if not bipolar?

  1. Hey buddy – thank you for sharing this and good luck in the transition.

    I vote for you to change the name of the blog! How about Beyond Bipolar?

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    1. Hey Keith! Thanks, I appreciate it – and I’ve been looking at your blog as an example of how I could do things well.

      Ha – a button just popped up on the left that says “Add another domain from $15.00” – interesting…

      I like the idea, but looks like someone has some branding around that. I’m not the first one to think this, of course… 🙂 http://www.beyondbipolar.com/

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