In the early 2000s I was diagnosed as bipolar II, which is a more "mild" form of bipolar I disorder (see WebMD for a good primer on this disorder), and in 2008 (I think) is when I took the Myers-Briggs test as a requirement for entry into graduate school and found that I was a "classic" INFP. That result was enormously helpful and went a long way to making me feel more "normal" (whatever that is, right?).
My question to my fellow INFPs is whether any of you have mental illnesses and how these illnesses affect your INFP-ness and vice versa? Essentially, as an INFP, it can be quite difficult for me to tease apart what are bipolar symptoms from what are the expressions of certain aspects of my INFP personality. Does anyone else have this issue?
I'm fairly well-managed with medication for the bipolar symptoms, but certainly not symptom free, and being an INFP I think exacerbates some of my bipolar symptoms. I'm hoping this all makes sense.