Today I’d like to share a list of famous people who live or have lived with Bipolar Disorder. Information such as this helps me to know that even with Bipolar I can attain my goals as well and try to live a more fulfilling life. This is just a partial list: Sir Isaac Newton, Liz Taylor, Beethoven, Mark Twain, Patty Duke, Robert Downey, Virginia Woolf, Mozart, Albert Einstein, Christopher Columbus, Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, Carrie Fischer, Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Cobain, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Richard Dreyfus, Robin William, Vincent Van Gogh, Axl Rose, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, Ted Turner, Abraham Lincoln, Agatha Christie, Jane Pauley, Jim Carey, Marilyn Monroe, Ozzy Osborne, Winston Churchill,Drew Carey and Edgar Poe. When I was first diagnosed I thought that meant I was crazy. I felt crazy when they took me off all my meds only to start from scratch to see what medications would work for me. I am happy to say that after many trials that I was finally put on medication that kept me safe and stable. That would all change a few years later and many bad choices that I am responsible for. I realize that people on this short list are no longer with us but that does not take away from all of their glory and accomplishments. And I will not let the disease take away from all of my personal accomplishments that I am so proud of. Looking back, I realize that I needed to know that I am not alone in my daily struggles. It was normal and typical of the illness. I have never been violent which is something that I believe separate from the illness. If it is not in your nature, I believe that bipolar is not going to change core beliefs and behavior. So many pictures I know. I am so new at this that I am willing  to take any criticism that would be beneficial.  Thank you.

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