In this brief blog, we will curate a list of bipolar quotes which may be able to help you identify with how you are feeling at this moment and manage your mental wellbeing. These are by no means all the bipolar quotes which you may find helpful. There are many more quotes that we simply couldn’t fit in this post.

These Bipolar quotes may be helpful if you need some inspiration or are experiencing a bipolar episode. 

If you have any other bipolar quotes which you think we should add to this list then please leave your bipolar quote suggestions in the comments.

The first batch of 10 quotes about bipolar

“Even though I’m sleeping again, everything still feels a little rickety, like I’m here but not quite here, like I’m just a stand-in for my real self like someone could just reach over and pinch me and I’d deflate. I thought I was feeling better, but I don’t know anymore.” 

― Amy Reed, Crazy

“What most people call talent is our way to vent, and if we’re not discovered it will never pay the rent.” 

― Stanley Victor Paskavich

“Her parents, she said, has put a pinball machine inside her head when she was five years old. The red balls told her when she should laugh, the blue ones when she should be silent and keep away from other people; the green balls told her that she should start multiplying by three. Every few days a silver ball would make its way through the pins of the machine. At this point her head turned and she stared at me; I assumed she was checking to see if I was still listening. I was, of course. How could one not? The whole thing was bizarre but riveting. I asked her, What does the silver ball mean? She looked at me intently, and then everything went dead in her eyes. She stared off into space, caught up in some internal world. I never found out what the silver ball meant.” 

― Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

“At first it’s bliss. It’s drunken, heady, intoxicating. It swallows the people we were – not particuarly wonderful people, but people who did our best, more or less – and spits out the monsters we are becoming.

Our friends despise us. We are an epic. Everything is grand, crashing, brilliant, blinding. It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood, and we are a legend in our own minds, and no one outside can fail to see that we are headed for hell, and we won’t listen, we say they don’t understand, we pour more wine, go to the parties, we sparkle, fly all over the country, we’re on an adventure, unstoppable, we’ve found each other and we race through our days like Mr. Toad in his yellow motorcar, with no idea where the brakes are and to hell with it anyway, we are on fire, drunk with something we call love.” 

― Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life

“Lithium tweaks many mood-altering chemicals in the brain, and its effects are complicated. Most interesting, lithium seems to reset the body’s circadian rhythm, its inner clock. In normal people, ambient conditions, especially the sun, dictate their humors and determine when they are tuckered out for the day. They’re on a twenty-four-hour cycle. Bipolar people run on cycles independent of the sun. And run and run.” 

― Sam Kean, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

“Falling in love happens so suddenly that it seems, all at once, that you have always been in love.” 

― Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life

“Like Sylvia Plath, Natalie Jeanne Champagne invites you so close to the pain and agony of her life of mental illness and addiction, which leaves you gasping from shock and laughing moments later: this is both the beauty and unique nature of her storytelling. With brilliance and courage, the author’s brave and candid chronicle travels where no other memoir about mental illness and addiction has gone before. The Third Sunrise is an incredible triumph and Natalie Jeanne Champagne is without a doubt the most important new voice in this genre.” 

― Andy Behrman, Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania

“Since I am suffering with type 2 bipolar disorder mainly on the depressive side of the bipolar disorder.

I am not afraid nor am I disappointed with it; if this is what God Almighty want me to have; I will make sure that I will make good use of this disorder; and, be the best person that I can be.” 

― Temitope Owosela

“Call it dysphoric mania, agitated depression, or a mixed state: nobody will understand anyway. Mania and depression at once mean the will to die and the motivation to make it happen. This is why mixed states are the most dangerous periods of mood disorders. Tearfulness and racing thoughts happen. So do agitation and guilt, fatigue and morbidity and dread. Walking late at night, trying to get murdered, happens. Trying to explain a bipolar mixed state is like trying to explain the Holy Trinity, three persons in one God: you just have to take it on faith when I tell you that the poles bend, cross, never snapping.” 

― Elissa Washuta, My Body Is a Book of Rules

“(I’m) a human who’s had her fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences. Over time, I’ve paid attention, taken notes and forgotten easily half of everything I’ve gone through. But I’ll rifle through the half I recall and lay it at your feet.” – Unknown

The second  batch of 10 quotes about bipolar

Quote on bipolar: “I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been mildly manic. When I am my present “normal” self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.” – Uknown

“Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill … I’m apparently very good at it.”

Quote on bipolar: “Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because their emotional theromastat is broken.”- Unknown

“Where would the memoir be without bipolar writers? I mean, that’s what – that whole oversharing thing is really a very clear symptom of bipolar disorder. And I’m not saying that every, you know, I’m not accusing every memoirist of being bipolar. But I think in a way it’s kind of a gift.” – Ayelet Waldman

“It’s rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allows us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it’s Hemmingway, Van Gogh… Robert Schumann has been mentioned… Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath…” – Stephen Fry

“If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative – Michael really can’t understand it, but that’s just the way I am. And with my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.” -Catherine Zeta-Jones

“When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the year I turned 50, it was certainly a shock. But as a journalist, knowing a little bit about a lot of things, I didn’t suffer the misconception that depression was all in my head or a mark of poor character. I knew it was a disease, and, like all diseases, was treatable.” – Jane Pauley

“Now, bipolar disorder, it goes on a spectrum. There’s very severe conditions of it, and there are milder ones. I’m lucky enough that it’s reasonably mild in my case.” -Stephen Fry

“I’m bipolar, but I’m not crazy, and I never was. I’m stark raving sane.” -Emilie Autumn

“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.” ~ Maya Angelou

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it … I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ~ Eric Roth (Benjamin Button)

“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.” ~ Alan Cohen

Bipolar quote: “Somewhere between love and hate lies confusion, misunderstanding and desperate hope.”

Bipolar quote: “Bipolar is like being in a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you can predict drop offs and others you just have to hang on because the next turn sends you into an unexpected spiral. Sometimes you are laughing and throwing your hands in the air and then other times you are clinging, simply holding on for dear life screaming it the top your lungs.”

The third batch of 10 bipolar quotes

Quote on bipolar: “Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken, it means you are strong and brave for battling you mind every single day.”

Quote on bipolar: “Bipolar disorder it’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

Quote on bipolar: “It may seem like I did’t do much of anything today, but what I have going in Mentally has me physically exhausted.”

Quote on bipolar: “My demons though quiet are never quite silenced. Calm as they may be, they wait patiently for a reason to wake, take an overdue breath and crawl back to my ear.”

“Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

“I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it’s completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.” -Catherine Zeta-Jones

“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” ~ Julian Seifter

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami

Quote on bipolar: “Having the motivation to change the world one moment, then not having the motivation to even wash yourself.”

“One of the things that baffles me … is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls.”

“You know how most illnesses have symptoms you can recognize? Like fever, upset stomach, chills, whatever. Well, with manic depression, it’s sexual promiscuity, excessive spending, and substance abuse—and that just sounds like a fantastic weekend in Vegas to me!”

Quote on bipolar: “I can be hapy, I can laugh, I can smile and I can feel good about the world and about life and be optimistic about things without being manic or hypomanic.”

Bipolar quote: “Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are.”

Quote on bipolar: “One day I’m on top of the world and the next I feel like I don’t even deserve to be on it.”

Bipolar quote: “Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”

Bipolar quote: “When she is happy, she can’t stop talking. When she is sad, she doesn’t say a word.”

Bipolar quote: “I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn’t who I am.”

“Happiness is what greases the wheels of life, what opens the floodgates, raises the sun, aligns the stars, beats your heart, finds true love.” ~ Mike Dooley

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“You can have manic-depression without having an ounce of creativity.     

Patty Duke”

“I have a type of bipolar that swings up and down all day long. There are significant mood swings within a day, within a week, within a month. I go through at least four major episodes a year. That’s really the definition of bipolar rapid cycle. But I have ultra-rapid, so I have tiny little episodes all day long. Marya Hornbacher”

The fourth batch of 10 bipolar quotes

“My personal style is bipolar. Sometimes I feel like dressing in a boyish leather jacket; other times I want to dress more elegantly. Most of the time it’s what I like to call ‘comfortable chic’: Giuseppe Zanotti flat sandals, Rag & Bone jeans, slouchy Isabel Marant shirts. Joan Smalls”

“People with bipolar disorder have difficulty with boundaries.     

Claire Danes”

“One of things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don’t have prior awareness, you don’t have any idea what hit you.     

Kay Redfield Jamison”

Bipolar quote: “Having the motivation to change the world one moment, then not having the motivation to even wash yourself.”

Bipolar quote: “I am half agony, half hope.”

Bipolar quote: “I either eat too much or starve myself. Sleep for 14 hours or have insomniac nights. Fall in love very hard or hate passionately. I don’t know what grey is. I never did.”

Bipolar quote: “I am good for a while. I’ll talk more, laugh more. Sleep and eat normally. But then something happens, like a switch turns off somewhere and all I am left with is the darkness of my mind.”

“I knew something was wrong; I was constantly tired, and I’d developed numbness on my left side. I’d also become paranoid that my boyfriend was cheating on me. I thought I was having a nervous breakdown. One psychiatrist told me I was bipolar. Susannah Cahalan”

“When I harnessed its seemingly uncontrollable might, I realized bipolar disorder’s powers could be used for good. My diagnosis didn’t have to be an affliction. It could simply be the gift of extraordinary emotions. AJ Lee”

“There is no common standard for education about diagnosis. Distinguishing between bipolar depression and major depressive disorder, for example, can be difficult, and mistakes are common. Misdiagnosis can be lethal. Medications that work well for some forms of depression induce agitation in others. Kay Redfield Jamison”

Bipolar quote: “I constantly feel like I’m at war with myself.”

“It hurts the most when the person that made you feel special yesterday makes you feel so unwanted today.

Kenneth”

Bipolar quote: “You are either too happy, too sad or you just don’t care. Finding the feelings in the middle do not come naturally. You have to fight every day to find them.”

“It’s almost like it’s my alter ego when I get on stage… I turn into this different person, seriously. Bipolar disorder. I’m tired of everybody touching me and things being plugged into my head.     

Britney Spears

The fifth batch of 10 Bipolar quotes

Quote on bipolar: “A Bipolar Mind: You are either too happy, too sad or you just don’t care. Finding the feelings in the middle do not come naturally. You have to fight every day to find them”

Quote on bipolar: “And like the sea, I’m constantly changing from calm to hell.”

“Sometimes I feel the only way I can get a major publisher interested in mental illness is if I find a character who has bipolar disorder and is also a love-sick vampire attending an English school called Hogwarts. But I’m not giving up. Pete Earley”

Bipolar quote: “I HAVE bipolar disorder. I am NOT bipolar. I am NOT my illness. My illness is a PART of me.”

Bipolar quote: “There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain, the mind must leave reality behind.”

“Emotions, moods, impulses, ebb and flow with the tide of my life. Tidal waves, at times, in a bipolar mind.Helen G”

Bipolar quote: “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

Quote on bipolar: “I actually stopped talking. I actually listened. So I knew that I wasn’t all the way manic, because when you’re all the way manic you never listen to anybody but yourself.”

Quote on bipolar: “It’s rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it’s Hemingway, Van Gogh… Robert Schumann has been mentioned… Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath… some of them with rather grim ends.”

Quote on bipolar disorder: “You know how most illnesses have symptoms you can recognize? Like fever, upset stomach, chills, whatever. Well, with maniac depression, it’s sexual promiscuity, excessive spending, and substance abuse – and that just sounds like a fantastic weekend in Vegas to me.”

“The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative – Michael really can’t understand it, but that’s just the way I am. And with my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating. Catherine Zeta-Jones”

“Where would the memoir be without bipolar writers? I mean, that’s what – that whole oversharing thing is really a very clear symptom of bipolar disorder. And I’m not saying that every, you know, I’m not accusing every memoirist of being bipolar. But I think in a way it’s kind of a gift. Ayelet Waldman”

Quote on bipolar disorder: “Had (Winston Churchill) been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation.”

Quote on bipolar disorder: “You know how most illnesses have symptoms you can recognize? Like fever, upset stomach, chills, whatever. Well, with manic depression, it’s sexual promiscuity, excessive spending, and substance abuse – and that just sounds like a fantastic weekend in Vegas to me!”

“I have had manic-depressive illness, also known as bipolar disorder, since I was 18 years old. It is an illness that ensures that those who have it will experience a frightening, chaotic and emotional ride. It is not a gentle or easy disease. Kay Redfield Jamison”

The sixth batch of 10 bipolar quotes

Bipolar quote: “Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”

“I had cut myself off from everyone. I didn’t come out of my room, forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard, and I didn’t get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing 4-5 people. That’s what bipolar disorder does to you. Yo Yo Honey Singh”

Bipolar quote by Alyssa Reyans: “Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand.”

“When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the year I turned 50, it was certainly a shock. But as a journalist, knowing a little bit about a lot of things, I didn’t suffer the misconception that depression was all in my head or a mark of poor character. I knew it was a disease, and, like all diseases, was treatable. Jane Pauley”

Quote on bipolar disorder: “I’m not bipolar, I’ve just had a bipolar life foisted upon me.”

Rachel Caine bipolar quote on stress: “Even bipolar vampires needed sleep from time to time, and he was well past his recommended safe dosage of stress.”

Marya Hornbacher quote on being bipolar: “You wake up one morning and there it is, sitting in an old plaid bathrobe in your kitchen, unpleasant and unshaved. You look at it, heart sinking. Madness is a rotten guest.”

This quote on bipolar disorder comes from HealthyPlace blogger, N. Tracy: “People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it, and its effects – mostly just to make them feel better.”

“I actually think in some ways that it might be more challenging to be bipolar because it’s so mercurial – it’s so ever-changing. You can’t get any traction. You can’t build on a system. Whereas, somebody who has Asperger’s, which is certainly a much more forgiving expression of autism, can create models for coping and build on them over time. Claire Danes”

Patty Duke bipolar quote on manic times: “I joke around a lot about the manic times because they are funny.”

“There’s childhood and early onset bipolar, but it transitions in your early adulthood into something a little bit different, and extremely severe. It was at that time that my impulse control just went out the window. Impulse control when you’re manic just disappears. Marya Hornbacher”

“Bipolar disorder is so swept under the rug as a nation and, I think especially, by black people. It’s not our culture to go get therapy. ‘Give them medicine for what?’ We put people in court, put them in court again, versus really paying attention to what it is they are going through. Trai Byers”

“There are many different forms of bipolar and the way that it expresses itself. Trai Byers”

“You know, veterans come home and they may not be bipolar, but after they’ve been through a war with PTSD or a head injury, their families have a handful when they come home. David O. Russell”

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We have also compiled 12 Images with Bipolar quotes within them which you may find useful when dealing with bipolar issues.

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Some youtube videos on Bipolar

The video below has some bipolar quotes which we really like and find useful.

The bipolar quotes above may not be all you need to help you through how you are feeling. You may need to seek further professional help so you begin to feel much better.

Bipolar quotes will help you but they may not be suitable long term help.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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