i am not bipolar. i have bipolar illness.

Numbers

5.7 million adults are affected annually in the United States.
I am one of them.

82.9% of diagnoses are considered severe.
I don’t know if my diagnosis is severe, I just don’t function.

Average age-of-onset: 25 years old.
I was diagnosed at age 20.

9.2 years are taken off the lifespan of individuals affected.
It is not the number of years taken off my lifespan that is concerning, it is the effect the disorder has on the few number of years I do have.

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