What do these people have in common?
Vincent Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, Rosemary Clooney, Patricia Cornwell,
Robert Downey, Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Patty Duke, Carrie Fisher, Connie
Francis, Mel Gibson, Ernest Hemingway, Vivien Leigh, Demi Lovato,
Kristy McNicol, Florence Nightingale, Jane Pauley, Edgar Allen Poe,
Jackson Pollock, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Sidney Sheldon, Jean
Claude Van Damme, Virginia Woolf, and Catherine Zeta Jones.
All “-Accompanied by verifiable source citations associating them with bipolar disorder (formerly known as “manic depression”), either based on their own public statements or (in the case of dead people only) reported contemporary or posthumous diagnoses of bipolar disorder.” (Wikipedia)
“It is often suggested that genius (or, at least, creative talent) and mental disorder (specifically, the mania and hypomania of bipolar disorder) is linked.” (Wikipedia)
Sooo, do we run with it and say, “I knew I was a creative genius!” or will we pity ourselves right into a pathetic un-life. I call it an un-life because untreated or improperly treated bipolar disorder is no way to live. It’s not “living” at all.
C’mon, fellow fighters, gather your wits, gather your support system (or find one), and get to a really good psychiatrist and also a counselor (two different professionals). Don’t stop trying until you find the magic mix of meds! You WILL feel better, loves!