104+ Profound Bipolar Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive, is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. It has an impact that goes far beyond numbers. Honest and inspirational bipolar quotes will provide deep insight on different aspects of bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression.

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Most Famous Bipolar Quotes

Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy. ― Karl Lagerfeld

And my daughter, though a genius, is a freak. ― Brian Yorkey

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

As lives go, I’ll take the quietly desperate over the radically bipolar. ― John Green

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

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

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 Or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed, and tired one?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

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

But money spent while manic doesn’t fit into the Internal Revenue Service concept of medical expense or business loss. So, after mania, when most depressed, you’re given excellent reason to be even more so. ― Kay Redfield Jamison

Clear your energy, honor your rhythm, live your vision ― George Denslow

Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks, an eight ball of coke cut with speed. It’s fun and it’s frightening as hell. Some patients – bipolar type I – experience both extremes; other – bipolar type II – suffer depression almost exclusively. But the “mixed state,” the mercurial churning of both high and low, is the most dangerous, the most deadly. Suicide too often results from the impulsive nature and physical speed of psychotic mania coupled with depression’s paranoid self-loathing. ― David Lovelace

Don’t take my hate personal. I hate even myself. ― Mario Fingarov

Emotions, moods, impulses, ebb and flow with the tide of my life. Tidal waves, at times, in a bipolar mind. ― Helen G

Even bipolar vampires needed sleep from time to time, and he was well past his recommended safe dosage of stress. ― Rachel Caine

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

Everything in nature is bipolar or has a positive and a negative pole. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Except you cannot outrun insanity, any more than you can outrun your own shadow. ― Alyssa Reyans

For me, I have to make myself do nothing overstimulating, it helps to take a long hot bath or meditate. — Precious Gem

From what I’ve seen and experienced, there is the emotional roller coaster… in the dark because not even you know what mood is coming next. — Anonymous

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

Genius by birth, Bipolar by design. ― Stanley Victor Paskavich

Her eyes remind me of the Pacific: Raging. Fearless. Restless. ― Shannon M Mullen

Hunter was bipolar, for crying out loud. He had checked into the nut house on more than one occasion and, honestly, I was already starting to feel the anxiety of living together. I would need to get my martial arts skills up to par to deal with this lunatic. I knew that I would also need to pick up a copy of Kill Bill at my next convenience and take notes as I watched, just in case a fight happened to break out in the kitchen. Also, at night, I had decided that I would need to sleep with either a small pistol or a flamboyant hunting knife under my pillow for a quick grab, in case he skipped his meds one night and decided to kill me. I needed to be prepared for the unthinkable. ― Chase Brooks

I am a waste of space, I have passed this illness to my son, I wish death upon me, I can’t stand being in my own skin. I feel everyone stares at me like I have a sign on my face that says I’m mental stay away. I can’t find or stay in any relationship everyone has failed just like I have with my whole life. I hate looking in the mirror I hate what I see. — Angie Rush

I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been midly 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. ― Kay Redfield Jamison

I don’t know that I’m actually bipolar, but I definitely have huge mood swings, and I’m definitely passionate about the way I feel. I’m not really lukewarm one way or the other. ― Alicia Witt

I don’t let having bipolar define me as a person. I am human like anyone else without this condition. I may have a different angle, different pace, but I have learned that I won’t tell myself I can’t anymore, because I limit myself then. Having bipolar is learning a new me, every day. I just have to maintain which me that is more consuming. End of the day, I feel emotion, likes humans do, I just may be more passionate, in either directions. -Anonymous

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 (Star Wars actress diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder)

I have to remind myself that not everyone else is to blame for how I feel. That my emotions do what they do and it’s not just because someone else made me feel that way. I try to stop where I am and look around myself before reacting. — Sarah Bleckman

I just have basically too much personality for one person, and not quite enough for two

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

I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar. ― Demi Lovato

I now know for certain that my mind and emotions, my fix on the real and my family’s well-being, depend on just a few grams of salt. But treatment’s the easy part. Without honesty, without a true family reckoning, that salt’s next to worthless. ― David Lovelace

I want to show that the dividing lines between sanity and mental illness have been drawn in the wrong place. ― Anthony Storr

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

I’m a classic eccentric, living at the extremes of high mania and low mood. There’s no middle ground, only madness and sadness. ― Fennel Hudson

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. ― Carrie Fisher

I’m normal just like any of you, I’m just a little sensitive. — Marwa El Awdan,

I’m not bipolar, I’ve just had a bipolar life foisted upon me. ― Daniel O’Malley

I’m standing in the middle of a seesaw trying to stay perfectly balanced. — Emily Anne

I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I’m not. ― Kurt Kobain

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

If you think there is something wrong with Bipolar People you might want to Google, the Famous Bipolar List. Everyone on it had something wrong with them but obviously for all the right reasons ― Stanley Victor Paskavich

I’m the girl who is lost in space, the girl who is disappearing always, forever fading away and receding farther and farther into the background. Just like the Cheshire cat, someday I will suddenly leave, but the artificial warmth of my smile, that phony, clownish curve, the kind you see on miserably sad people and villains in Disney movies, will remain behind as an ironic remnant. I am the girl you see in the photograph from some party someplace or some picnic in the park, the one who is in fact soon to be gone. When you look at the picture again, I want to assure you, I will no longer be there. I will be erased from history, like a traitor in the Soviet Union. Because with every day that goes by, I feel myself becoming more and more invisible… ― Elizabeth Wurtzel

In short, unbalanced bipolar systems are so unstable that they cannot last for any appreciable period of time. ― John Mearsheimer

In the beginning I reveled in being so rebellious and bad. I had recently discovered the new age book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, which incorporated the power of visualization and affirmations. Even then the book resonated, resulting in me asserting, ‘I, Paris, am the best hooker in town!’ repeatedly on the long drive to work. I am not sure this is what Louise Hay had in mind! ― Joanne Brodie

Irwin Garden once warned me not to think the madhouses are full of ‘happy nuts,’ There’s a tightening around the head that hurts, there’s a terror of the mind that hurts even more, they’re so unhappy and especially because they can’t explain it to anybody. ― Jack Kerouac

It can be confusing. Sometimes I don’t know who I am. The thoughts I have I need to analyze to see if they’re mine or just irrational, passer-bye thoughts. — Danae Infinger

It hurts the most when the person that made you feel special yesterday makes you feel so unwanted today. ― Kenneth

It’s like living on the pencil’s edge of a circle. The author keeps drawing, they move one, but that circle never ends. ― Kelly Willett,

It’s a constant battle of fighting myself and fighting to be myself everyday but truth is I am lost in my own mind. Like a plane circling the sky no place to land … Mania ―Demetra Ross

It’s almost like it’s my alter ego when I get on stage… I turn into this different person, seriously. Bipolar disorder. I’m tired of everybody touching me and things being plugged into my head. ― Britney Spears

It’s difficult. I take a low dose of lithium nightly. I take an antidepressant for my darkness because prayer isn’t enough. My therapist hears confession twice a month, my shrink delivers the host, and I can stand in the woods and see the world spark. ― David Lovelace

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

Love is not enough. It takes courage to grab my father’s demon, my own, or – God help me – my child’s and strap it down and stop its mad jig; to sit in a row of white rooms filled with pills and clubbed dreamers and shout: stop smiling, shut up; shut up and stop laughing; you’re sitting in hell. 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. ― David Lovelace

Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively. ― Voltaire

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

Mental illness is not in the business of making sense of itself. ― Roni Askey-Doran

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all. ― Bill Clinton

My go to for coping is music, coloring in and writing my feelings down so I understand what is bothering me. — Rebekah Hilton

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle. ― Patty Duke

No matter how bad your life gets if you Execute yourself it won’t get better! ― Stanley Victor Paskavich

One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.

One of 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

Only rest helps me. Binge watching my favorite series until mania or depression passes. Having my husband hold my CCs and watch over me. — Patricia Mahoney

Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t. ― Kay Redfield Jamison

People with bipolar disorder have difficulty with boundaries. ― Claire Danes

Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because thier emotional theromastat is broken. ― Shannon L. Alder

Serving as the only audience for a man raised by crowds of admirers exhausted her. […] The buried thought that he might have found comfort elsewhere was almost a comfort to her. ― Carey Wallace

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. — Roman Payne, The Wanderess

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

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 thirst. ― The Idealist

Sometimes when you have bipolar you have days you are grumpy and not feeling yourself. ― Frank Bruno

Somewhere between love and hate lies confusion, misunderstanding and desperate hope. ― Shannon L. Alder

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

Suddenly I wanted to get better. Mania wasn’t fun anymore. It wasn’t creative or visionary. It was mean parody at best, a cheap chemical trick. I needed to stop and get better. I’d take whatever they gave me, I pledged silently. I’d take Trilafon or Thorazine or whatever. I just wanted to sleep. ― David Lovelace

Telling someone who is manic that she’s manic is like telling a dictator that he’s a dick. Neither is going to admit it, and both are willing to torture you to prove their points. ― Melody Moezzi

The black devil and the blue devil: that was how he’d come to think of the two opposing sides of his nature. Since his early adolescence, the bloodthirsty pair had staked his mind as their battleground, and even now he could feel their presence, lurking, waiting to make their next move. ― Grace Callaway

The bright light of brilliance keeps the darkness away, but it can be so very exhausting. ― Fennel Hudson

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

The spirit that I saw in this man as he dealt with his bipolar disorder was unshakable. The number one reason that he is my husband now is that no matter how he felt biologically that day, his service to other people never wavered. He gave the same to everyone whether he was feeling well that day or not. It was then that I learned the true nature of the spirit and that our bodies are truly just vessels for a much higher energy. ― Mary J

Then I overdosed at 28, at which point I began to accept the bipolar diagnosis. ― Carrie Fisher

There are many different forms of bipolar and the way that it expresses itself. ― Trai Byers

There are scientists all around the world looking for the genes responsible for bipolar illness and major depression. ― Kay Redfield Jamison

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. ― Kay Redfield Jamison

There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help. ― Catherine Zeta-Jones

They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication. ― Carrie Fisher

They’re the perfect loving fam’ly, so adoring…

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

Until we come up with an unequivocal blood test or the equivalent, we’re all blowing smoke and don’t know if what we call schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are one disorder or a dozen. ― Mark Vonnegut

When sleep puts an end to delirium, it is a good symptom. ― Hippocrates

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

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. — Lyss Trayers

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

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

Who we are usually depends on who is—or who we think is—looking at us. ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

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

You can have manic-depression without having an ounce of creativity. ― Patty Duke

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

You don’t know what you can expect. Things can change from one second to another for no obvious reason. One minute everything is fine, the next she hates you, screams, cuts herself, throws things at you and another minute later she cries and begs you not to leave her. You are always wrong, either you did something terrible to her or you are terrible because you want to leave her because she has this condition and you can’t accept it. So again you are the bad person. — Klaus Kunze

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

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

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

You may have bipolar disorder, but it does not have you. It cannot have you because I have claimed you and I don’t share. ― Quinn Loftis

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