Collected quotes

None of us are entirely well, and none of us are irrevocably sick. – Mark Vonnegut

Bipolar disorder . . . used to be called manic depression. The name change was an effort to get away from the stigma around the diagnosis of manic depression. Good luck. – Mark Vonnegut

Genotype + Environment + Triggers + Chance = Phenotype        – Siddhartha Mukherjhee

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – ee cummings

I missed my home, my mind, my life of books and “friendly things,” my world where most things were in their place, and where nothing awful could come in to wreck havoc. Now I had no choice but to live in the broken world that my mind had forced upon me. – Kay Redfield Jamison

Imagine having a mood system that functions essentially like the weather–independently of whatever is going on in your life. So the facts of your life remain the same, just the emotional fiction that your responding to differs. It’s like I’m not properly insulated–so all the bad and the good ways that you and most of the people in adjacent neighborhoods and around the world feel–that pours directly into my system unchecked. It’s so fun. – Carrie Fisher

In my opinion, living with bipolar disorder takes a tremendous amount of balls . . . 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. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medications one has to ingest. – Carrie Fisher