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33 Bipolar Quotes And Sayings

By: Darby Faubion

Updated December 24, 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Laura Angers

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with bipolar disorder? It may feel a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you don't have access to the right information. Learning about bipolar disorder and how to manage the symptoms will help you learn to maintain balance in your life.

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adults in the US, or about 2.6% of the US population age 18 and older every year. Among those who have been diagnosed, an estimated 90% are satisfied with their current medical treatments, with support groups improving treatment compliance by 86%.

Understanding Manic and Depressive Phases of Bipolar Disorder

In the manic phase of bipolar disorder, a feeling of being in a "high mood" is often described. While most people like the idea of having increased energy or feeling exhilarated, the feelings associated with bipolar mania can be quite severe. Some symptoms include the following:

  • Having impaired judgment
  • Feeling distracted easily
  • Being excessively absent from school or work
  • Feeling invincible, even in dangerous situations
  • Acting out aggressively
  • Engaging in risky behavior, such as substance use or sexual promiscuity
  • Having an inflated sense of self-esteem
  • Speaking rapidly, often jumping from one topic to another
  • Racing thoughts and bizarre ideas

When the manic phase of bipolar disorder has subsided, the depressive phase occurs. During this stage, a person may experience extreme sadness or hopelessness. Other symptoms include

  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Low attention span or difficulty remembering things
  • Poor job or school performance

Being diagnosed with a mood disorder can feel overwhelming. However, there are resources to help you understand the diagnosis and to help encourage you. There are also sources of encouragement and quotes to help you understand the diagnosis.

Quotes About Living with Bipolar Disorder

  1. "You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle." ~ Julian Seifter


  1. "Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also create music." ~ Ehssan
  1. "Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused." ~ Alan Cohen
  1. "Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift." ~ Maya Angelo
  1. "Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." ~ Carrie Fisher
  1. "We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell
  1. "When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you." ~ Marya Hornbacher
  1. "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." ~ Haruki Murakami
  1. "For bipolar in adults, I think there's pretty good agreement about what this looks like. For bipolar in children, there is some considerable debate about where are the boundaries. At the mild end, are these just kids who are active? Is this the class clown at the very severe - is this something other than a mood disorder?" - Thomas R. Insel
  1. "For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it … I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." ~ Eric Roth (Benjamin Button)


  1. "I think one thing is that anybody who's had to contend with mental illness - whether it's depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever - actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they've had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering." ~ Kay Redfield Jamison
  1. "Where would the memoir be without bipolar writers? I mean, that's what - that whole oversharing thing is really a very clear symptom of bipolar disorder. And I'm not saying that every, you know, I'm not accusing every memoirist of being bipolar. But I think in a way it's kind of a gift." ~ Ayelet Waldman
  1. "One of the things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don't have prior awareness, you don't have any idea what hit you." ~ Kay Redfield Jamison
  1. "When I taught writing classes to psychiatric patients, I met people whose stories of manic highs and immobilizing lows appeared to be textbook descriptions of classic bipolar disorder. I met other patients who had been diagnosed with myriad disorder. No doctor seemed to agree about what they actually suffered from." ~ Siri Hustvedt

Motivational Quotes

  1. "If you can't fly then run if you can't run then walk if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1. "It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allows us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemmingway, Van Gogh… Robert Schumann has been mentioned… Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath…" ~ Stephen Fry

Quotes from People Living with Bipolar Disorder

  1. "I'm not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it's completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don't have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it." ~ Catherine Zeta-Jones
  2. "So, when I was 24, someone suggested to me that I was bipolar, and I thought that was ridiculous. I just thought he was trying to get out of treating me. But he was also responding to the chaotic nature of my life." ~ Carrie Fisher
  1. "We want to conquer the world and have 1,000 likes, 1 million likes, but at the same time, we are depressed. We are lonely, but we have 10,000 followers. We are all bipolar." ~ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  1. "I am bipolar, and I am proud. And that is why I wanted to write a book. To shine a light on mental illness, to be vulnerable about the days I let it take control and paid dearly for it, and to tell anyone fighting a similar battle: You are not alone. You are not broken." ~ AJ Lee


  1. "I had to cut myself off from everyone. I didn't come out of my room, forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard, and I didn't get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing 4-5 people. That's what bipolar disorder does to you." ~ Yo Yo Honey Singh
  1. "The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I'm the sort of person who will just look for the negative - Michael really can't understand it, but that's just the way I am. And with my bipolar thing, that's poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it's so liberating." ~ Catherine Zeta-Jones
  1. "I'm kind of effectively bipolar." ~ Emily Blunt
  1. "Bipolar disorder, manic depression, depression, black dog, whatever you want to call it, is inherent in our society. It's a product of stress and in my case over-work." ~ Adam Ant
  1. "My mother struggled immensely with mental illness, and so did I. She grew up bipolar, but it was never diagnosed nor recognized. It was shrugged off like a 'symptom' of being female - of her being weak. I also experienced this growing up: I felt that the great pain I experienced was a dramatization." ~ Petra Collins
  1. "Because of my bipolar disorder, I tend to these mixed states, which are depressed but loud and agitated. So I can be terribly irritable. I go to cognitive behavioral therapy in order not to yell at my children." ~ Ayelet Waldman
  1. "When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the year I turned 50, it was certainly a shock. But as a journalist, knowing a little bit about a lot of things, I didn't suffer the misconception that depression was all in my head or a mark of poor character. I knew it was a disease, and, like all diseases, was treatable." ~ Jane Pauley
  1. "Now, bipolar disorder, it goes on a spectrum. There's very severe conditions of it, and there are milder ones. I'm lucky enough that it's reasonably mild in my case." ~ Stephen Fry

If You Know Someone with Bipolar Disorder

  1. "If you know people who are suicidal, or if you know people who are bipolar, depressed, have panic attack disorder, just be there for them. They're going through something that's very, very hard." ~ Eric Millegan
  1. "Because I teach and write about depression and bipolar illness, I am often asked what the most important factor is in treating bipolar disorder. My answer is competence. Empathy is important, but competence is essential." ~ Kay Redfield Jamison


  1. "Lithium remains the gold standard, but many drugs now treat bipolar disorder. Medication is critical and should be combined with psychotherapy. Compliance is a major problem. Patients believe that once they're better, they no longer need the medication. It doesn't work that way." ~ Kay Redfield Jamison
  1. "If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help." ~ Catherine Zeta-Jones


  1. "Sometimes labeling is only useful, like with OCD. Once you're labeled, you can be treated. On other occasions, labeling leads to tyranny, like with childhood bipolar disorder in the U.S." ~ Jon Ronson

Long-Term Effects of Bipolar Disorder

Like any disease or disorder left untreated, bipolar disorder can have an impact on every aspect of a person's life. Thoughts of suicide may surface when the person with bipolar disorder is unable to manage symptoms and begins to feel overwhelmed. For this reason, intervention, such as in-person or online counseling and/or medication management is an important part of a treatment plan.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out for help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, and is available 24/7.

If you’re curious about online therapy, a study found that online therapy to be effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder in a collaborative-care program. Four hundred participants with bipolar disorder received treatment via videoconferencing. Rates of participation were similar to those at a facility that treats people with bipolar disorder. Improvement in several clinical indices were found in participants who completed the program. Online therapy can also be useful for people who experience depression and anxiety.

How BetterHelp Can Support You

If you have bipolar disorder, there is help. As frustrating as the diagnosis may feel, it is a treatable disorder. Knowing where to reach out for help is important. At BetterHelp, our team of experienced counselors, doctors, and social workers can work with you as you learn measures to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder and how to live a fulfilled life.

BetterHelp offers online counseling services that are easily accessible (from the comfort and privacy of your own home) and often more affordable than traditional counseling services. See what some of our clients have said about the counselors who have helped them with bipolar disorder below.

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"Lisa Arce has aided me in changing my life for the better. I have struggled for years with things I never thought I could manage. Lisa's consistency, knowledge, and ability to hold me accountable for my actions and thoughts was exactly what I needed to start challenging mental illness and take control. She is wonderful, relatable, and so easy to talk to. 10/10."

"Sadie is a wonderful listener and is very empathic. She doesn't judge and really seems to understand the ups and downs."


A diagnosis of bipolar disorder does not mean you cannot have a happy, healthy life. In fact, many people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder learn effective coping mechanisms and, with proper management, live fulfilling lives. Knowing where to go for help and being willing to reach out is very important. Take the first step today.

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Marya Hornbacher

“When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you.”
― Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life


Alyssa Reyans

“Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are. Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand. Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”
― Alyssa Reyans, Letters from a Bipolar Mother


Søren Kierkegaard

“I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away — yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth's orbit ——————————— and wanted to shoot myself.”
― Søren Kierkegaard


Preeti Shenoy

“Creativity is closely associated with bipolar disorder. This condition is unique . Many famous historical figures and artists have had this. Yet they have led a full life and contributed so much to the society and world at large. See, you have a gift. People with bipolar disorder are very very sensitive. Much more than ordinary people. They are able to experience emotions in a very deep and intense way. It gives them a very different perspective of the world. It is not that they lose touch with reality. But the feelings of extreme intensity are manifested in creative things. They pour their emotions into either writing or whatever field they have chosen" (pg 181)”
― Preeti Shenoy, Life is What You Make It: A Story of Love, Hope and How Determination Can Overcome Even Destiny


Kay Redfield Jamison

“Which of my feelings are real? Which of the me's is me? The wild, impulsive, chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? Or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed, and tired one? Probably a bit of both, hopefully much that is neither.”
― Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness


Alyssa Reyans

“Except you cannot outrun insanity, anymore than you can outrun your own shadow.”
― Alyssa Reyans, Letters from a Bipolar Mother


Amy Reed

“What if talking about your feelings doesn't fix anything? What if what you really need is to make the feelings go away?”
― Amy Reed, Crazy


Amy Reed

“I feel like I'm a snow globe and someone shook me up and now every little piece of me is falling back randomly and nothing is ending up where it used to be.”
― Amy Reed, Crazy


Vincent van Gogh

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”
― Vincent van Gogh


“I feel sorry for every Therapist, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist I've ever met. I know I've put thoughts in their mind they will never forget.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


Stephen Fry

“I used to think it utterly normal that I suffered from “suicidal ideation” on an almost daily basis. In other words, for as long as I can remember, the thought of ending my life came to me frequently and obsessively.”
― Stephen Fry


Alyssa Reyans

“The doctor’s words made me understand what happened to me was a dark, evil, and shameful secret, and by association I too was dark, evil, and shameful. While it may not have been their intention, this was the message my clouded mind received. To escape the confines of the hospital, I once again disassociated myself from my emotions and numbed myself to the pain ravaging my body and mind. I acted as if nothing was wrong and went back to performing the necessary motions to get me from one day to the next. I existed but I did not live.”
― Alyssa Reyans, Letters from a Bipolar Mother


Amy Reed

“Maybe there's a galaxy with a planet that's just a little more tilted, with a sun that shines just a little bit darker, and that's where I'm supposed to be, where it somehow makes sense to feel this broken.”
― Amy Reed, Crazy


Nicole  Lyons

“I have never seen battles quite as terrifyingly beautiful as the ones I fight when my mind splinters and races, to swallow me into my own madness, again.”
― Nicole Lyons, Hush


Amy Reed

“Even though I'm sleeping again, everything still feels a little rickety, like I'm here but not quite here, like I'm just a stand-in for my real self, like someone could just reach over and pinch me and I'd deflate. I thought I was feeling better, but I don't know anymore.”
― Amy Reed, Crazy


“A vivid Imagination is awesome a Manic Imagination is a curse.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“Before I die I'd love to see my name on the Famous Bi Polar list I'm not ashamed of my Illness I believe most of my talent comes from it.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


Marya Hornbacher

“I get absolutely shitfaced. I am shitfaced and hyper and ten years old. I am having the time of my life.”
― Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life


Jeannine Garsee

“Psychosis can happen out of the blue, to anyone, and no one knows why. Not even the best doctors on the planet.

And that’s why Mom is always so afraid. If we don’t know what made me sick in the first place, how can anyone guarantee I won’t flip out again?”
― Jeannine Garsee, The Unquiet


Amy Reed

“I said just let me try one more time and she said, "THAT'S ENOUGH, ISABEL," again, and she could just say it over and over and it would never get through my thick skull because I'm always wanting and wanting because nothing is ever enough you are never enough I am never enough I am never enough I AM NEVER ENOUGH.”
― Amy Reed, Crazy


“What most people call talent is our way to vent, and if we’re not discovered it will never pay the rent.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“Saying I don't take my meds because they make me feel funny. Is like cannibals saying they don't eat clowns because the taste funny”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


Juansen Dizon

“May 18, 2018

Some days I could fly and feel very happy. I record those days in my journal for I know that I will feel very sad again. And I need proof that I will be very happy again. Thankfully, I feel very happy tonight. Goodnight.”
― Juansen Dizon, I Am The Architect of My Own Destruction


“The greatest communication barrier known to man is the lack of the common core of experience "When’s the last time you had a Manic Episode Doctor"?”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


Alistair McHarg

“Everything is, the way it is, for a reason. Or it isn't. Or neither. Or both. It's so hard to tell. It's so hard to tell you're a mile away by the Luke in your eye.”
― Alistair McHarg, Invisible Driving


“My psychiatrist said "you're BI Polar. I said "tell us something we don't already know".”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“I've invaded the walls of the asylums with my ink pen. The way they look at mental illness won't be the same again”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“If I ever get rid of my Bi Polar condition we'll be so happy.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich


Stephen Fry

“There are times when I'm doing QI and I'm going, 'Ha ha, yeah, yeah,' and inside I'm going 'I want to fucking die. I … want … to … fucking … die.'
(Source : RHLSTP #18 - @87min32s)”
― Stephen Fry


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It can be tough to live with bipolar disorder, which makes one prone to moods so incredibly varied, nuanced, and intense that most humans do not experience. Moods can be exhilarating and intoxicating, and yet also darkly devastating — sometimes all at once. This is why bipolar is somewhat of a misleading term — it implies that a person experiences two extremes of emotion, when the reality is that moods occur in different subtleties in their nature.

I like to think of emotions like a color palette — different colors can be mixed to create various shades and tones of mood. With bipolar, this ability is heightened so much so that moods themselves can be difficult to survive.

So what’s it like to live with bipolar disorder? Why is it associated with such a high rate of suicide? What are the struggles individuals with bipolar disorder face every day? What are some of the highs and lows and why is it so strongly associated with creativity?

Below are 12 quotes that describe different sides of bipolar disorder.

“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital… I outlasted my problems. I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”

“I was actually manic a lot of the times that I would take on workloads, and I would say, ‘Yes, I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.’ I was conquering the world, but then it would all come crashing down and I would be more depressed than ever.”

“When under the strain of bipolar’s strongest symptoms, we certainly can make selfish decisions, but that doesn’t make us selfish people. In fact, because we have struggled and known such depths of darkness, our compassion runs deeper.”

“There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. There are interests found in uninteresting people. Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible. Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow. But, somewhere, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Memory goes. Humor and absorption on friends’ faces are replaced by fear and concern. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against— you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. You never knew those caves were there. It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.”

“Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are. Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand. Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”

“Soon madness has worn you down. It’s easier to do what it says than argue. In this way, it takes over your mind. You no longer know where it ends and you begin. You believe anything it says. You do what it tells you, no matter how extreme or absurd. If it says you’re worthless, you agree. You plead for it to stop. You promise to behave. You are on your knees before it, and it laughs.”

“She was a free bird one minute: queen of the world and laughing. The next minute she would be in tears like a porcelain angel, about to teeter, fall and break. She never cried because she was afraid that something ‘would’ happen; she would cry because she feared something that could render the world more beautiful, ‘would not’ happen.”

“Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it, an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not infrequently, suicide.”

“Compared to bipolar’s magic, reality seems a raw deal. It’s not just the boredom that makes recovery so difficult, it’s the slow dawning pain that comes with sanity - the realization of illnesss, the humiliating scenes, the blown money and friendships and confidence. Depression seems almost inevitable. The pendulum swings back from transcendence in shards, a bloody, dangerous mess. Crazy high is better than crazy low. So we gamble, dump the pills, and stick it to the control freaks and doctors. They don’t understand, we say. They just don’t get it. They’ll never be artists.”

“I know the empathy borne of despair; I know the fluidity of thought, the expansive, even beautiful, mind that hypomania brings, and I know this is quicksilver and precious and often it’s poison. There has always existed a sort of psychic butcher who works the scales of transcendence, who weighs out the bloody cost of true art.”

“I mean, that’s at least in part why I ingested chemical waste - it was a kind of desire to abbreviate myself. To present the CliffNotes of the emotional me, as opposed to the twelve-column read.

I used to refer to my drug use as putting the monster in the box. I wanted to be less, so I took more - simple as that. Anyway, I eventually decided that the reason Dr. Stone had told me I was hypomanic was that he wanted to put me on medication instead of actually treating me. So I did the only rational thing I could do in the face of such as insult - I stopped talking to Stone, flew back to New York, and married Paul Simon a week later.”

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”

The symptoms that go along with bipolar disorder can make it a very difficult illness to cope with. Not only can it be challenging for individuals, but for their loved ones as well. If you feel as if you may be experiencing symptoms, know that you are not alone and that help is out there. If you’re looking for ways to find a psychologist in your local area, check out my blog post on How to Find the Right Psychologist For You.

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Quotes on Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Quotes Provide Insight

These bipolar quotes focus on mania, depression and other issues related to bipolar disorder. Want some idea of what it's like living with bipolar disorder? Read the bipolar quotes below and decide which ones speak to you.

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“I hate when I tell someone I have bipolar and see a look of terror in their eyes.”

"My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle"

“I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, but I also tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been mildly manic. When I am my present 'normal' self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.”

I'm not bipolar, I've just had a bipolar life foisted upon me."

"I'm bipolar, but I'm not crazy, and I never was. I'm stark raving sane."

"And all of a sudden I felt really tired. Like the world had drained me of everything I have."

“Bipolar is like being in a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you can predict drop-offs and others you just have to hang on because the next turn sends you into an unexpected spiral. Sometimes you are laughing and throwing your hands in the air and then other times you are clinging, simply holding on for dear life screaming at the top your lungs.”

“Yes. I’m bipolar…I take a pill to stop the extreme highs. I take a pill to stop the extreme lows. I take a pill to sleep. I take a pill for anxiety. I hate taking pills but I’m stable.”

“Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken, it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day.”

“Even when I'm in a really great, steady and stable place...I'm clinically bipolar so that always exists -- a darkness always exists."

“Bipolar disorder it's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

"Time will pass; these moods will pass; and I will eventually, be myself again."

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

"It may seem like I didn't do much of anything today, but what I have going in mentally has me physically exhausted."

"Some days I can conquer the world, other days it takes me three hours to convince myself to bathe."

"Having the motivation to change the world one moment, then not having the motivation to even wash yourself."

"Bipolar is an illness, not a hopeless destination."

"I can be happy, I can laugh, I can smile and I can feel good about the world and about life and be optimistic about things without being manic or hypomanic."

"Which of my feelings are real? Which of the me's is me? The wild, impulsive, chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed, and tired one? Probably a bit of both, hopefully, much that is neither."

"Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are."

More Bipolar Quotes to Comfort You and Make You Think

Don't stop reading yet! Below are several dozen more bipolar quotes that will give you either an understanding of what life is like with bipolar disorder or validation for the life with bipolar disorder that you live.

“We're not crazy or insane. We are just people living with a condition.”

“I just have this happy personality and a sad soul in one body. It feels weird sometimes.”

“Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse, drowning beneath the waves, or dying from the thirst.”

"I need them to be aware and present with me in the midst of the storm, not just tell me what to do."

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”

"My demons though quiet are never quite silenced. Calm as they may be, they wait patiently for a reason to wake, take an overdue breath and crawl back to my ear."

"Those moments when you just want to fall asleep because you'd rather not deal with the intensity of the depressive mood swing."

"Never knowing whether an episode will last for half an hour or half a month."

"Bipolar hypomania can be scary, maybe not because of the hypomania, but because of the depression afterward."

"One day I'm on top of the world and the next I feel like I don't even deserve to be on it."

"Sometimes I don't know if I'm actually happy or it's just my mania talking."

"I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn't who I am."

"People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it and its effects. Mostly just to make them feel better."

"Sometimes I shut down and don't talk to anyone for days. It's nothing personal."

"And sometimes I just need to be alone, so I can cry without being judged, so I can think without being interrupted, so I don't bring anyone else down with me."

"At night, I can't sleep. In the morning, I can't wake up."

"It seems insane to be expected to lie in a dark room alone and not feel completely crazy and bipolar and confused and more awake."

"The sudden moments of sadness hurt you even more because you know you were happy just a little while ago."

"I am good for a while. I'll talk more, laugh more. Sleep and eat normally. But then something happens, like a switch turns off somewhere and all I am left with is the darkness of my mind."

"I know I have to be careful because there is something self-destructive within me."

"I'm not afraid of the dark, I'm more afraid of not finding the light once again."

"I constantly feel like I'm at war with myself."

"There are days I just cannot participate in life."

"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then."

"When she was down, she was very very down. But when she was high, she could fly."

"One second I'm perfectly fine and the next it's like a volcano erupts inside me, leaving me miserable."

"Having bipolar disorder means waking up not knowing whether Tigger or Eeyore will be making your decisions for you."

"A Bipolar Mind: You are either too happy, too sad or you just don't care. Finding feelings in the middle does not come naturally. You have to fight every day to find them."

"And like the sea, I'm constantly changing from calm to hell."

"Bipolar can make you unstable, but you are still able. Never give up, never give in, you will find your peace again."

"I HAVE bipolar disorder. I am NOT bipolar. I am NOT my illness. My illness is a PART of me."

"There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain, the mind must leave reality behind."

"When depression takes over and I can't push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out, It's the only way I know how to survive."

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life."

"Too many emotions, not enough words."

"I actually stopped talking. I actually listened. So I knew that I wasn't all the way manic, because when you're all the way manic you never listen to anybody but yourself."

"One of the things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don't have prior awareness, you don't have any idea what hit you."

"It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends."

"I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic."

"The point about manic depression or bipolar disorder, as it's now more commonly called, is that it's about mood swings. So, you have an elevated mood. When people think of manic depression, they only hear the word depression. They think one's a depressive. The point is, one's a manic-depressive."

"Manic depression is touching my soul. I know what I want but I just don´t know how to, go about getting it."

"Stop preaching; stop weeping. You are a manic-depressive, always. your life is larger than most, unimaginable. You're blessed; just admit it and take the damn pill."

"Suicide too often results from the impulsive nature and physical speed of psychotic mania coupled with depression's paranoid self-loathing."

"The world's a rollercoaster and I am not strapped in."

"It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative--whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it."

"Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own."

"Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand."

"When my mind plays tricks on me I can deal. But when my mind plays tricks on my mind I can not tell what's real."

"What if talking about your feelings doesn't fix anything? What if what you really need is to make the feelings go away?"

"You wake up one morning and there it is, sitting in an old plaid bathrobe in your kitchen, unpleasant and unshaved. You look at it, heart sinking. Madness is a rotten guest."

"People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it, and its effects – mostly just to make them feel better."

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life."

"Compared to bipolar's magic, reality seems a raw deal."

"Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks."

APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2013, January 29). Quotes on Bipolar Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, October 16 from

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