I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder when I was 22, and I have been combating it for over 20 years. The disease has shaped my identity and has impacted every aspect of my life. I also am a recovering alcoholic. Through medication, sleep hygiene, and psychotherapy, I have achieved long periods of stability, but they are inevitably interrupted by breakthrough mania and depression. My hope is that this blog will serve as a meeting place for my fellow warriors and as a source for accurate and reliable information about the disease.