Last week during an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme, former boxer Frank Bruno opened up about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and how he coped living with the illness for years.
He told Radio 4 of the breakdown in his marriage which led to difficulties with his children which eventually proved too much for him causing a breakdown and eventually leading to his bipolar diagnosis.
He explained how the condition often made him behave in bizarre ways. “It makes you high, it makes you low, it makes you cry, it makes you race,” he said. “It is a very horrible thing and when it is at its height, you do some stupid, silly little things. You make comments and you make phone calls at night time. You are aware of what you are doing but you can’t stop yourself from doing it.”
Since his recovery Bruno has given his full support to a campaign which is aimed at improving the way sufferers are treated (time-to-change.org.uk) which hopes to challenge the stigma attached to being mentally unwell.
Bruno explains that the debilitating illness can strike anyone. It doesn’t matter if you believe yourself to be living a perfect lifestyle with a family and a house and a good salary, anyone can snap at any point. “So, you know, it can happen to a barrister, a policeman, a dustman, a Tesco worker . . . We’re all human at the end of the day.”
To keep himself on the right track Bruno takes certain precautions such as monitoring himself everyday and taking fantastic care of his health by regularly exercising and taking the right supplements.
If you believe yourself to be suffering from a mental illness such a bipolar it is essential you visit your GP so they can give you a proper diagnosis. You may also find a talking therapy such as counselling to be of help to you. If you would like to contact a counsellor in your local area you can do so using the homepage of this website.