By Kerrie Eyers, Gordon Parker

Gathered from victims old and young, those first-hand bills of people with bipolar illness are both inspirational, informative, and a laugh. They hide all points of the ailment, from first signs and analysis, to occasions while the affliction is kind of lower than keep an eye on. in addition they emphasize the significance of non-public concepts for dealing with the illness, comparable to workout and help networks along drugs information. that includes assistance from clinicians and the most recent learn, this can be packed with confirmed and confirmed ideas for residing a contented and fit life.

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10) Thoughts on writing without a safety helmet I’m weighing the pros and cons of harnessing the creative surge of bipolar highs in order to write. It’s made me look back over twenty-plus years of writing. Most of this time my bipolar was undiagnosed, so it gives me a bit to draw from. Last year I started on lithium and that and a careful lifestyle has helped keep those highs mostly away. Did I need those highs to write? I was ambivalent. What I’ve figured out is quite different from what I imagined.

We go forward with courage and with too much wisdom but determined to find what is beautiful. (Solomon, 2001, p. 437) (54) Most individuals enjoy their bipolar high, immersed in the gush of ideas, zest for life and supreme certainty that it confers. The question implicit in this: is it possible to access the energy of an elevated mood without being dazzled by the spotlight? Those with the more severe manifestations of bipolar disorder think not. The author of the following piece considers that there is no harnessing the energy of mania once it gathers in intensity.

My heart sank. He’d bought a top-of-the-line skateboard and all the kit to go with it. I sat down with him that night and asked how he felt. ’ I knew then that he wasn’t taking the pills. ’ He thought about it for a bit and then said he couldn’t understand why people kept saying that to him. He felt great. And he wasn’t going back on those pills. They dulled his thinking and made him tired. (56) I have only ever loved one man with all my heart. Receiving a phone call from him on his mobile at 30 000 feet in first class, informing me that he is Neo from the Matrix and that I am to arrange a Porsche to collect him from Heathrow Airport is not a call I wanted to receive, nor could have ever anticipated.

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