Picks and Pans Review: Her Bipolar Life
updated 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
ARE ANOREXIA AND BIPOLAR CONNECTED? People tend to use eating disorders as home-grown mood stabilizers, like I did. More and more I meet people diagnosed with bipolar after an eating-disorder diagnosis.
YOU HAVE "ULTRA-RAPID CYCLING BIPOLAR"—WHAT'S THAT? Major mood swings, all day long. Drugs help, but I consider it a good year if I'm only hospitalized once.
HOW CAN YOU TELL YOU NEED TO BE? I feel so out of control that I don't feel safe anymore. But with the help of friends and my husband, Jeff, it's been more and more possible to battle it at home.
WERE YOU REALLY BIPOLAR AT 4? It was thought of as adults-only until about 1990, but I had attacks of fear, then phases of frenzy. Now children are being diagnosed and treated. That's a very good thing.