PSA: (hypo)manias are NOT fucking awesome

so over at Blahpolar Diaries, the author does what she calls “linkdumps”, wherein she topic vomits in no particular fashion links, articles, reviews, and other information about bipolar disorder.  it’s a real trove if you want to be more updated or informed than just about what I prattle regarding bipolar.  however, this round, she posted some that I too wanted to share.

 

first is a piece from The Guardian entitled “Let’s get this straight: bipolar is not a useful tool for productivity“.  here’s a great excerpt:

Not everyone experiences dizzying highs; the lows may not be as pronounced for some. It is a condition that varies dramatically. My bipolar presents with long, angry, solitary manic periods, in which I can churn out thousands of pages to the exclusion of all else.
Does that sound good to you? It’s not.
Think of the angriest you’ve ever been. Did it hurt – physically and emotionally leave you raw? Think of the way you feel after a long writing spurt – exhausted, physically drained, numb perhaps. Now think of those feelings drawn out over a period of months, with no end in sight. Relief comes in the form of deep depression. Some relief! To be told I should be grateful for this was stunning.

it goes on to talk about how even the generic medical and academia world, people don’t understand what the fuck bipolar is.

during my last hypomanic phase, I was easily going 115 mph down the interstate, I was sleeping with whichever friend I could, I was making all these bold promises and plans about my future, and I really truly believed I was invincible and thus did incredibly stupid things (as in, more stupid than the aforementioned).  (hypo)manias are not necessarily awesome.

moreover, it’s during the very early or very late season of a (hypo)mania that a person with bipolar is most likely to kill himself — there’s just enough sadness and despair to feel hopeless, but he has the energy to “do” something about it.

 

anyway.  the second is just a collection of celebrities’ quotes about mental illnesses.  the quote that really stood out to me was from one of those “YouTubers”, and it goes as follows:

Now, the stigma surrounding mental health isn’t surprising — at all. A mental illness generally suggests that something is wrong with the brain. Our brain is our control center. It’s responsible for everything we do, and the idea of something being wrong with the brain generally suggests that we’re out of control. And as humans we hate that idea. We hate it so much that we just don’t talk about it. We sweep it under the rug and pretend that it’s not there. But it is. Mental illnesses are a thing. They’re real, and they’re very present. And we need to talk about them.

 

so yeah.  Blahpolar Diaries is a great blog, and she shares awesome shit.  and these were ones I wanted to share too.

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