Something I deal with everday, just like everyone else, making decisions. Either for myself alone or decisions that directly affect others. My latest decision does in fact affect many other people. I have bipolar 1 and find it impossible to interact with more that a few dozen people at a time especially people I have never met. Family gatherings are somewhat stressfull because I do have a large family.

I am good to make it at family gatherings that go into the double digits. That causes me a God awful amount of anxiety. I need to know that I can go home when it is time. I miss out on things some fun activities but the most important thing with some one who has bipolar 1 and anxiety is to plan for an alternative escape route. In some cases I do not have an alternative plan. I am not saying that if you have these illnesses that you cannot participate in activities away from home, I’m just saying have a back up plan.

Bipolar is a very lonely disease. I say that because we have a difficult time socializing. No matter how hard we try sometimes we just fall short of the norm. I have guilt sometimes for having this disease but there is nothing I can due to make it go away. You could give me all the compliments in the world but won’t matter. It’s what I believe about myself that matters. And one important thing I have learned over the years is that no body can make me feel any way I don’t want to feel. So if I am happy that’s up to me. If I am sad that is my choice too. We can choose our mood no matter what. We don’t have to let outside influences dictate how we feel. And we never have to make excuses about how we are feeling. It is what it is. And the adults in our lives should respect that. The key is though that we respect ourselves first and foremost.

I am not an expert on happiness I am more experienced on pain and suffering. However, if happiness is simply the other side of the coin, then I suppose I know it well. It’s the thing that I strive for but seldom ever reach.

It is possible to be happy with bipolar disorder. Making sure that your basic needs are met and from there what else do you lack in your life or what would you like to see happen in your life.. You are in control no matter what anyone else may tell you. You know yourself best and you know your best self.

Numerous notable people have had some form of mood disorder. This is a list of people accompanied by verifiable sources associating them with bipolar disorder (formerly known as “manic depression”) based on their own public statements; this discussion is sometimes tied to the larger topic of creativity and mental illness. In the case of dead people only, individuals with a speculative or retrospective diagnosis should only be listed if they are accompanied by a source reflective of the mainstream, academic view. Individuals should not be added to this list unless the disorder is regularly and commonly mentioned in mainstream, reliable sources.

In spite of having the disease of Bipolar disorder, many of these famous people went on to live famous and fulfilling lives. Unfortunately some left us too soon.

Actors & Actresses

Ned Beatty, Maurice Bernard, Jeremy Brett, Jim Carey, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patty Duke, Carrie Fisher, Connie Francis, singer and actress Shecky Greene, Margot Kidder, Vivien Leigh, Kevin McDonald, comedian Kristy McNichols, Burgess Meredith, Ben Stiller, David Strickland, Lili Taylor, Tracy Ullman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams, Jonathon Winters, Mel Gibson, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Dreyfuss, Brooke Sheilds, Woody Harrelson, Cameron Diaz, Al Pachino, Robert DeNiro, Marlin Brando, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Johnny Depp, Robert Duvall, Eugene Levy, Bradly Cooper, Britney Spears, Steve Carell,

Artists with Bipolar Disorder

Alvin Alley, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Francis Ford Coppola, George Fredrick Handel, Bill Lichtenstein, Joshua Logan, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Mahier, Francesco Scavullo, Robert Schumann, Don Simpson, Norman Wexler

Entrepreneurs with Bipolar Disorder

Ted Turner, media giant

Financiers with Bipolar Disorder

John Mulheren, Murray Pezim

Miscellaneous with Bipolar Disorder

Buzz Aldrin (astronaut), Clifford Beers (humanitarian), Garnet Coleman (legislator Texas), Larry Flynt, publisher, Kit Gingrich (Newt’s mom), Phil Graham (owner of Washington Post), Peter Gregg, Susan Panico (Susan Dime-Meenan), business executive Sol Wachtier, former New York State Chief Judge

Musicians with Bipolar Disorder

Ludwig van Beethoven (composer), Alohe Jean Burke (musician), vocalist Rosemary Clooney, Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, Kristen Hersh, Phyllis Hyman, Jack Irons, Daniel Johnston, Otto Klemperer, Oscar Levant, Phil Ochs, John Ogden, Phil Spector, Sting, Gordon Sumner, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Townes Van Zandt. Mariah Carey, Demi Lavato, Kurt Cobain, Frank Sinatra, Sinead O’Connor, Kanya West, Axl Rose, Ashly Judd,

Poets with Bipolar Disorder

John Berryman, C.E. Chaffin, Jane Kenyon, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Robert Schumann, Delmore Schwartz

Political with Bipolar Disorder

Winston Churchill, Robert Boorstin, special assistant to President Clinton, L. Brent Bozell, political scientist, attorney, writer Bob Bullock, ex secretary of state, state comptroller and lieutenant governer, Kitty Dukasis, Thomas Eagleton, Lynne Rivers, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln,Barack Obama. Franklin D. Rooselvelt, Lydon Johnson.

Scholars with Bipolar Disorder

John Strugnell, biblical scholar

Scientists with Bipolar Disorder

Karl Paul Link, chemist Dimitri Mihalas

Sports with Bipolar Disorder

Shelley Beattie, John Daly, Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Piersail, Barret Robbins, Wyatt Sexton, Alonzo Spellman, Darryl Strawberry, Dimitrius Underwood, Luther Wright, Bert Yancey, Mike Tyson.

TV & Radio with Bipolar Disorder

Dick Cavett, Jay Marvin, Jane Pauley, Dick Clark

Writers with Bipolar Disorder

Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Louis Althusser, Art Buchwald, Neal Cassady, Abbie Hoffman, Kay Redfield Jamison, (writer, psychologist), Peter Nolan, Lawrence Frances Lear, Rika Lesser, Kate Millet, Robert Munsch, Margo Orum, Simmie, August Strindberg, Joseph Vasquez, Mark Vonnegut, Sol Wachtler, Mary Jane Ward, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway