I see a lot of articles that attempt to explain “the good side” to having bipolar.
They mention things like creativity, and focus, and drive, empathy, compassion, and strength.
All of that is bullshit.
I have yet to meet a bipolar person that would honestly describe themselves as any of those things. I’ll start from the back and work towards the most repulsive:
No one that is bipolar feels strong. Sure, you could argue that having been through deep depressions or mind-frazzling highs requires strength. But I never summoned up my strength and pulled through; I cowered in bed and cried until it was over. I don’t feel less fear about the prospect of doing it again, and I certainly don’t consider myself to be stronger than other people that haven’t spent a week in bed crying.