In this, the second in the series,  we continue with Adam Deacon’s story. He’s Bipolar UK’s newest ambassador and has previously given his perspective on living with bipolar disorder. It's a condition that connects him with over 1.3 million people in the UK. In part two of his serialised account Adam talks about the importance of obtaining an early diagnosis.

Getting a diagnosis of bipolar

In speaking with Adam, it’s apparent that he has many ideas on how an illness, which currently takes up to 8-10 years to pin down by way of diagnosis, can be pinpointed. Whilst he does not have all the answers, he’s keen to add to the conversation surrounding early diagnosis. Speaking to Bipolar UK recently he said, “The problem with bipolar disorder is that people wait until there is a huge problem. You’re usually doing things completely out of character and in certain cases you end up hospitalised where you subsequently receive your diagnosis.”

Adam is clear that early intervention is a necessity. The formative years at school where children are growing into adults, experience life and in certain cases trauma is where the focus needs to be, as he explains, “All secondary schools should have easy access to a therapist. The signs would be spotted more quickly and easily. I know if I had access to this type of help at school the trauma I was living with could have been identified a lot sooner.

“I had quite a bad childhood and it’s very clear that I would have benefitted from help at an earlier stage. In my case what has transpired is that a later diagnosis, later in life has come at a time when my life was spiralling out of control. Something which would have been managed had I received that earlier intervention.”

Bipolar and creativity

In speaking with Adam and watching his back catalogue of work it’s abundantly clear that he is an incredibly creative individual. His array of roles, both in front of the camera and behind it have not gone unrecognised. The epitome of this recognition in his journey was of course when he was recognised by BAFTA and bestowed the accolade of ‘Rising Star’.

With the creative aspect that is ingrained in Adam’s make up from his formative years, one could be curious as whether looking back he would be keen to turn off his bipolar if he were able to. Adam is swift to answer this: “The answer I have right now is no. I’d want to keep my bipolar disorder. When I do get creative, I really have fun with it. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but I really do enjoy it. I wouldn’t want to lose it. The only negative aspect which I would happily lose are the adverse effects it sometimes has on my family and friends.” 

Bipolar UK is keen to continue the conversation contained in many of the themes outlined in Adam’s experience. Many of these issues can be discussed in a moderated forum that is open 24 hours a day. A safe environment where you can receive support from like-minded individuals also living with bipolar disorder.

Connect with Adam Deacon via social media: 

Instagram -  theadamdeacs