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BPI affects people all around you, and every person with bipolar I disorder has a different experience to share. Here, you can read some of their stories* to learn how they have managed their lives with BPI and how they’ve experienced recovery.

*Fictional stories.



Ana’s first experience with BPI included a hospitalization due to a manic episode. The signs of this episode were recognized by her friend Eric, who sought help for Ana. She was stabilized, prescribed medication, and discharged but was not aware that bipolar relapses were a possibility after this first episode.


Over the next 10 years, Ana experienced 5 relapses. She now works with her therapist to keep track of patterns that may warn of an upcoming relapse (for example, being more talkative and more irritable)


Ana manages her BPI with medication, therapy, and support from her friends and family. She reaches out to those she trusts when she feels symptoms re-emerging so she can get her triggers under control.



Mo was under-reporting his symptoms (for example, trouble concentrating and completing tasks at work) to his doctor as he was worried increasing symptoms would lead to a change in his medication.

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After chatting with his wife, Mo felt less alone and was able to open up to his doctor, who objectively re-assessed his depressive symptoms and figured out a treatment plan for him.

Helpful Tool: If you’re concerned about spotting relapses in your loved one, try using the Spotting and Discussing Relapse Guide to get started.


After having his treatment plan adjusted, Mo’s signs of depression went away; he finally began to feel like himself again. Both he and his wife were relieved they had reached out for help.


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