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I got off the streets because of my children

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type 1 bipolar disorder whilst I was homeless. Type 1 bipolar disorder is usually diagnosed if you have experienced at least one episode of mania which has lasted longer than a week, and is sometimes characterised by depressive episodes, too – both of which I experience.“I was constantly playing games with myself”Before I was formally assessed for bipolar, for years I'd been dealing with what I thought was ‘just me.’ But it wasn’t ‘just me’, there was something else going on beneath the surface.To other people I appeared ‘stupid’ or reckless.

Back then, I was constantly playing games with myself. I’d cross the road with my eyes closed - walking a thin line between life and death.When I look back on my behaviour I think, ‘idiot.’ Why would.

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