A bipolar web developer

I was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder since 2002. This is the first time that I talk openly about my illness, so if you're not interested please don't feel guilty. It's okay. From 1998 to 2002 I was misdiagnosed: they thought I suffered from a simple depression. Then manic symptoms came and it was clear to the doctors that I was bipolar or, so to speak, manic-depressive. I don't think it's a matter of words: you can call me bipolar or manic-depressive or even manic. It doesn't make any difference. All these terms refer to the same illness. The good thing of being bipolar is that you don't need drugs to feel like God. When you're up, you're God. Sorry. It was a joke. This is my way to handle my illness. I take my pills and have fun with it, so to speak. But I'm grateful to my illness because it made me discover the web. Once discovered the web, I became involved with web standards and web programming. Then everything begun. I don't think that bipolar disorder is too hard to bear. It's not a burden, it's not your fate: it's a challenge. You have to make it. You need time, love, doctors, pills and a lot of will. Yes, you have to want to make it. It's not your or God's fault: it's all chemicals, a little twist in the DNA chain, that's all. Your brain has trouble with serotonin, so you don't have to feel guilty about that. You're more than a single twist in your DNA or some stupid serotonin receptor: you're a person, a human being. You can make your life extraordinary simply by bearing this burden. Sometimes it's not easy. But, as Plato said, it's in the night that you believe in the light. And the light will come.

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