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My Love Affair with Hypomania

14 Feb

You wake up feeling great. You down a couple of cups of coffee, maybe eat a light breakfast, although you aren’t really hungry. You arrive at work bright-eyed and eager to take on the day’s tasks. You shoot through your to-do list in no time and begin a new project with gusto. You’re bursting with ideas and excited to begin implementing them. Your boss compliments you on your productivity. When it’s time to give a presentation, your energy and wit captivate your audience. You barely need to look at your notes and give insightful, lightening-quick responses during Q&A, wowing your superiors.

Before you know it, ten hours have passed. You realize you haven’t eaten all day and cheer yourself with the thought that this is as good a time as any to embark on the fitness and diet regiment you’ve been planning. You peel yourself away from your desk and drive home while singing along at the top of your lungs to an equally loud, upbeat playlist.

Perhaps best of all, the fear, shame, and intruding memories that regularly plague you seem manageable, even petty. Today you are invincible. While you’ve spent so much of your life feeling on edge and victimized, today nothing could bring you down. Bad things happened, but so what? Bad things happen all the time and the world keeps spinning. You’re still here, and you’re stronger than ever.

All day and into the night, ideas and connections bloom and crystallize in your mind: inspirations about work, your personal relationships, the poetic beauty inherent in life itself. You feel, you know you can do anything. Your instincts are buzzing. Everything makes sense.

Now remind me again: why would I want to give that up?

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Joshua Walters: On Being Just Crazy Enough (TED Talk)

4 Feb

Very short, cool TED Talk by a stand-up comedian discussing bipolar disorder and creativity.

“The Bipolar II Conundrum: Neurochemical Disorder vs. Personal Responsiblity” by Russ Federman

3 Feb

“The Bipolar II Conundrum: Neurochemical Disorder vs. Personal Responsiblity” by Russ Federman

As with everything related to bipolar disorder, boundaries are permeable at best. This is a great look at the conundrums of managing your illness when you’re not sure where your “normal” emotions end and bipolar mania and depression begin.

“The Seduction of Hypomania” by Russ Federman

3 Feb

“The Seduction of Hypomania” by Russ Federman


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