I have bipolar type I disorder, and I am not ashamed to say it.
I am frequently shocked at how ignorant the general population is when it comes to mental health issues. Someone once told me that I should be able to talk my way out of being bipolar. I suppose I could cure cancer by kissing the Blarney Stone.
Bipolar is like baseball; it's a game of constant adjustments, but of meds and of behavior. Instead of nine innings, there are n innings. And there is failure. People can look at me and fail to notice that anything is amiss. I go to the shops, I go to the gym, I play softball - sort of. But they do notice the light-speed temper that gave me the nickname of Hotspur.
I have difficulty sitting still, and I can rarely concentrate long enough to read an entire news article. I have given up trying to read books for the time being. In the past I was more functional. I have a degree in classical literature from NYU, a degree in astrophysics from Columbia, and a Masters from Columbia in - whatever.
And now I struggle to read the latest adventures of Spider-Man.