Mania

014978a830af0569119618eeeab86b1fI get asked a lot about what it feels like to be bipolar.

I explain that there are two sides – mania and depression. Depending on the person, they probably already have some personal connotation concerning the two. Those who have experienced depression relate, but mania is a whole different story. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me they would like to experience being manic.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a rush. You can do anything, be anyone. Your mind plays tricks like that. Sometimes you see things that aren’t really there, believe things that aren’t true. You might believe that you can fly or walk on water. It’s so much fun. Why wouldn’t you want to experience it?

Well, because it can also be dangerous.

There are times when you spend too much money because you think you can. You might put your life at risk because you think you’re invincible. There’s a lot of harm you can do while you’re having fun, and that scares people. That’s why doctors work so hard to control mania – because it can be just as dangerous as depression, sometimes more so.

Anyway, there’s a taste of mania. It’s a blast. It’s dangerous. It’s misunderstood.

I’ll leave you with that for now.

Remember, head above water.

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