I wanted to share this post because this was something I also struggled with for a long time. When I first was diganosed with Bipolar I defined myself as bipolar. It took a long time for me to make that separation and realise that the bipolar didn’t define me it was just an illness I have. I now find it easier to say I have bipolar and talk about it in a more separated way. Maybe this is something we all sufferr with, maybe it’s because it’s within our brains, our emotions and is so much a part of who we are when it attacks. But it is so important for us to make this distinction…thank you for writing it so well!