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Bipolar Disorder Quotes (+31 List)

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This article will take a look at what bipolar disorder is and what it’s symptoms are as well as list a number of quotes that not only describe how it feels to have this disorder but also act as a source of motivation!

Popular Quotes On Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can be a tough and scary mental health condition to have because it makes you feel happy and sad in alternating ways – this causes severe depression and confusion as well as panic. This is because a person may make many decisions when they are happy; however, as soon as their depressive mood comes into play they are no longer able to sustain those decisions or activities.

In such a situation, it is always helpful to read motivational and inspirational quotes that can keep one going. Also, it is helpful to read quotes by other people who have gone through the same experiences so one does not feel alone and scared. Knowing others have been in the same spot and made it out alive can do great wonders!

In this article we will take a look at both quotes that describe how it feels to have this mental condition as well as quotes that inspire and keep people going in these tough times.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that involves extreme mood swings where people alternate between two distinct moods; one mood can be defined as a high state of euphoria where there is extreme happiness whereas the second mood involves a depressive state in which the person feels sadness persistently.

When you feel euphoria or mania, you have high levels of energy and feel strangely irritable as well as impatient and want to do as much as you can. However, when you feel depressed, you lose much of your energy and become lethargic. Furthermore, in this state you lose interest in activities that you once found fun!

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Here are the symptoms of this disorder!

Mania and Hypomania

  • Abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired
  • Increased activity, energy or agitation
  • Exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria)
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Unusual talkativeness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Distractibility
  • Poor decision-making — for example, going on buying sprees, taking sexual risks or making foolish investments

Major Depressive Episode

  • Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as irritability)
  • Marked loss of interest or feeling no pleasure in all — or almost all — activities
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite (in children, failure to gain weight as expected can be a sign of depression)
  • Either insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Either restlessness or slowed behavior
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Decreased ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Thinking about, planning or attempting suicide

Famous Quotes – Bipolar Disorder

In this section we will look at two types of quotes related to bipolar disorder!

How It Feels To Be Bipolar?

  • 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.

— Carrie Fisher

  • 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.

— Demi Lovato

  • 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

  • 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.

— Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life

  • 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.

— Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

  • 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 illness, 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.

— David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

  • 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.

— David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

  • 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 an insult – I stopped talking to Stone, flew back to New York, and married Paul Simon a week later.

— Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

  • 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.

— Vincent van Gogh

Feeling Inspired – Bipolar Disorder

  • “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 bipolar, but I’m not crazy, and I never was. I’m stark raving sane.”
  • “Bipolar is like being on 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 of your lungs.”
  • “Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken, it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day.”
  • “Bipolar disorder it’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”


This article took a look at famous quotes on bipolar disorder and also highlighted what this mental condition basically is. Also, the article listed the symptoms of this disorder and provided quotes to not only describe the condition but motivate people who have it.


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