Hi all, my name is Brianna and I am twenty years old. Recently I was diagnosed with Non-specified Bipolar Disorder, after an inpatient stay at a behavioral facility. At first, my thoughts were “Why me? What did I do wrong? Why am I being punished?” but the truth is that the exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but several factors may be involved, such as:

  • Biological differences. People with bipolar disorder appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes.
  • Neurotransmitters. An imbalance in naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters seems to play a significant role in bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.
  • Inherited traits. Bipolar disorder is more common in people who have a first-degree relative, such as a sibling or parent, with the condition. Researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in causing bipolar disorder.

After hearing what causes the disorder, I calmed down and realized that there is nothing that I could have done differently to not have been diagnosed. The most command time of diagnoses is between the ages of eighteen years old and twenty-four years of age. Once I was able to return home and get settled, I decided that I wanted to help raise awareness about mental health and help abolish the negative stereotype that the mentally ill have from society. So join me, by tuning in every Wednesday for my weekly blog or video with facts and information about how I am doing and different details about my disorder, along with others. Also, feel free to leave any questions in the comment section for me to answer in my blogs. Let’s End the Stigma!