When I eulogized my brother, I was emphatic that I will remember the happy memories of Jeff. I owe it to him to remember him for all he gave us, and not for what this scourge of mental illness did to the son and brother we loved.
Bipolar disorder is a life-long mood illness, often with the first onset during late adolescence or early adulthood. An essential element of bipolar disorder is that the individual has had at least one episode of "mania."
Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.