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Dundee man speaks out about life with Bipolar – The Courier

Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Dundee man speaks out about life with Bipolar – The Courier

Dundee Bipolar Group – the first of its kind in the city – was set up last September and has been growing from strength to strength.

The self-help group, managed by Bipolar Scotland, started out with just six members and has grown to support a total of 20 people at its premises in Constitution Street.

Graphic designer Jamie Stewart has attended the group from the very beginning and said it has helped him to talk to other people living with Bipolar.

He said: “When I was 18 months old I had seizures and sustained some brain damage, leading to epilepsy when I was older.

“Then when I was 18-years-old I started to have symptoms of Bipolar.

“I was diagnosed when I was in my 20s.

“It’s a condition that can make you feel quite isolated – I often feel like I have to apologise for my symptoms.

“But in the group I don’t have to do that as everyone else is going through the same things.”

Jamie explained that when he is in the “high” phase, he feels elevated and talks a lot, sometimes saying things he regrets later.

At this point he said it could be difficult to maintain control, feeling as though he’s “not driving the ship.”

Read more at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/493171/dundee-bipolar-group-growing-from-stren/

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