Thank you for this. I am bipolar and suffered for a long time before I was diagnosed, your childhood sounds a lot like mine. I can remember feeling like I had to hide my illness from other people, which made it even worse. I’m in my late 30s now, and I’m very open about my disorder, I’ve tried to educate people as to what it’s really about to try to remove some of the prejudices that surround this illness. I think the hardest thing about being this way is when people think you can control it or just will it away..they have no idea what happens to me if I don’t take my medications. My little boy is only 3 and I already am seeing the signs that something just isn’t right. I am getting him the help he needs so he never has to suffer the way I did because nobody wanted to admit there was a problem. As parents, we MUST be responsable for our children’s mental well being.