In 2013 – when she was just 18 – Milton was in the midst of, as she put it to the Daily Mail, “a really bad down phase.” To make matters worse, Milton “didn’t know [she] had bipolar at the time.” Indeed, ignorance of such a condition can potentially be a huge health risk.
Without treatment, bipolar disorder generally gets worse over time. And the effects of the condition can wreak havoc on a person’s professional and personal life. For one thing, bipolar, if not acknowledged, can make it impossible for a person to work consistently, ruining career opportunities.
Unrecognized bipolar often also goes hand-in-hand with substance abuse, as sufferers search for relief from the highs and lows. And another potential consequence is suicide. In fact, a staggering 30 percent of those with bipolar left without treatment take their own lives.