Are demons real in you?  Your religious leader might think so.  He, and other fellow church member, might even accuse you of "entertaining familiar spirits," or having demons in you, and claim that the Bible tells them so.  They may even try to cast these spirits or demons out of you!  No matter how much you try to explain to them that research shows that bipolar disorder has been around since the second century, when (although it wasn't called bipolar disorder yet) it was first recognized as some type of a mental illness.  In the '70s, a comedian named Flip Wilson coined the statement, "The devil made me do it."  However, those with bipolar disorder who have questioned, "Are demons real?" or "Do I have demons in me?" would not think the statement so funny. Recognizing that the major characteristic of bipolar disorder is the extreme mood swings from mania (high highs) to depression (low lows), and the sometimes rapid switch between these two extremes, you might question sometimes if you really might have demons in you. Wrestling with inner turmoil during horrible depressions and emotional pain to the depths that you feel so helpless and hopeless and actually have suicidal thoughts – you could consider that you might have demons.Going days without sleep as if you were running on some unforeseen battery, having delusional thoughts and seeing or hearing things that aren't there – these are some of the things that someone in a bipolar manic episode might experience.  Frightened to the point where they might consider that they have demons, no doubt.These behaviors are not normal.  You will find no argument there.  However, to consider these thoughts and actions as demonic possession is ludicrous.  No, they are not normal for someone without bipolar disorder, but they are characteristic behaviors for someone who has bipolar disorder.Yet if you are a Christian who has bipolar disorder, you may find yourself with quite a dilemma on your hands.  Do you, indeed have demons in you?You may go to your religious leader in hopes of encouragement, and then be accused of entertaining "familiar spirits" (demons) instead.  Now, he may believe that demons are real, and then try to cast these demons out from you!You have a mood disorder – a chemical imbalance of the brain, much like a diabetic has a sugar imbalance of the body.  Would your religious leader try to cast demons out from a diabetic?Conflicting feelings are normal for people who have bipolar disorder; however, the disorder can be well-controlled with treatment (medication and therapy), and not the casting out of demons that do not exist.  Are demons real?  What do you think?