I Have Bipolar Disorder — Here’s Why Holidays Push Me to My Limit

If you asked me 20 years ago what my favorite holiday was I would say, without hesitation, it was New Year’s Eve.

I loved the banter and frivolity, complete with streamers and goofy glasses. I loved the cheap party hats and the celebratory drinks. And I loved dancing in the street, with shoes in my hand and fireworks in the Philadelphia sky.

But the best part about New Year’s Eve was the promise and potential of the new year. I used to feel so much hope in tomorrow. Or maybe that was the Champagne and glitter tainting my view.

But my love of New Year’s has changed in recent years, thanks to changes in my mental health — namely my bipolar disorder diagnosis.

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