I have come out twice in my life. Once at 40 with bipolar disorder and once at 50 as gay. I hope at 60 all I have to declare is that my prostrate is a bit doggy.
By far the hardest was telling my wife of 28 years and my 4 teenage children the truth about my sexuality but the hardest to navigate publicly has been my mental illness
When you come out to your wife of 28 years and your four teenage children, the pain of leading an inauthentic life is quickly replaced with the pain of seeing people you love in turmoil for reasons not of their making.
In the family of mood disorders Bipolar 2 is the middle child, often misunderstood and struggling for its own identity.
Classically defined B2 is a psychiatric illness marked by distinct periods of extreme euphoria (hypomania), and sadness or hopelessness (depression).