I was recently diagnosed bipolar, and I was angry, resistant, and confused. I've been dealing with major depression for most of my young adult life, and the substance abuse that I used to try to get out of it. Then I went on wikipedia (okay, not the best source, but whatever) and saw the entry "list of people believed to have bipolar disorder" and I was secretly thrilled. We're up there with Lord Byron, Mozart, Winston Churchill. I don't know if anyone has ever read 'Touched With Fire' by Kay Redfield Jamison, but it's an amazing book that explores the link between creativity and bipolar disorder. Oh, and she's bipolar. I find it helps to realize my "downfall" has also been the push that helps me be my most creative and brilliant. If I have to be bipolar, I guess I can learn to accept being put up there with Mozart.
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