Some thoughts on being BiPolar
The holidays are harder when you have depression and emotional issues. I am not doing horrible this year, but I am more anxious and stressed, and hyper-sensitive. I feel myself winding up and more depressed at the same time.
The tv show Homeland has been an interesting story this past year about a woman with a BiPolar condition.
If you are not familiar with the condition, read this article by Webmd. It is a condition where you swing from highs to lows and there are a number of categories. It used to be called Manic Depression.
A great resource is the site http://www.bipolartoday.com/
Lots of other people write about bipolar as well. A good example is http://beautifulwreck1.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/bipolar-today/
I always introduce the subject to new people that I meet by saying that the good news about having BiPolar Disorder is that sometimes I am really, really happy! When I am on the downswing, I don’t talk or interact with people at all, so I don’t tell them about that!
I am one of the people that is super competent when I am “up” and completely a mess when I get overwhelmed. I don’t work anymore because of that, as well as physical medical problems as well.
My amazing friend Vicki M. Taylor first gave me the courage to get diagnosed and to share it with others. She is a wonderful writer of woman’s fiction and was generous to be on my radio show when I was still working to discuss her background. I highly recommend her books and Vicki as a person! http://vickimtaylor.com/
I often research who has been identified with BiPolar disorder, because it makes me feel better. It reminds me that we are smart, creative, talented, and everyone loves someone who is high and manic – because it is fun and inclusive.
I also like to think that I am in such stellar company! You will see this list has some amazing and accomplished people on it.
Here are some famous people who have the diagnosis-
Rosemary Clooney, singer
Robert Downey Jr.
Connie Francis, singer and actress
Kevin McDonald, comedian
Ben Stiller, actor, director, writer
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jonathon Winters, comedian
Ted Turner, media giant
Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
Phil Spector, musician and producer
Sting, Gordon Sumner, musician, composer
Tom Waits, musician, composer
Brian Wilson, musician, composer, arranger
Sylvia Plath, poet
Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States
Edgar Allen Poe
Patricia Cornwell, writer of mysteries
with some help from http://www.mental-health-today.com/bp/famous_people.htm
Some good articles:
Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry