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Sorry Not Sorry: A Wife Writes Her Husband About Bipolar Disorder

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Sorry, Not Sorry: A Wife With Bipolar Disorder Writes Her Husband Eugenio Marongiu/Fotolia

Combined with exercise and routine, sleep is my best chance at staying off meds and staying healthy. Let us not mock the sleepy head.

4) Alcohol

Alcohol is depression's favorite shortcut. Please don’t push it.

5) Two to tango

The fact that I have a diagnosed mental illness and you don’t does not mean I am always the person at fault in every argument.

6) Overly sensitive

Guilty as charged.

Psychiatrist Candida Fink writes, “ ... many people with bipolar disorder are exquisitely sensitive to others – they pick up very quickly on emotional stimuli from other people. This is not a delusion, but rather a part of the emotionally tender quality of the bipolar brain.” (3)

See??? Dr. Fink went on to say this type of over-sensitivity can sometimes over-read emotions, interpreting meaning that isn’t there. (3) But she said sometimes, the other times, I'm so emotionally intuitive, that I think I can almost read your mind.

7) Ideas

I have A LOT of ideas. Ideas about moving walls, painting cupboards, living off the grid, selling everything and disappearing into the woods, opening a sanctuary for elderly Jack Russells, moving to Norway. IDEAS IDEAS IDEAS.

You don’t have to argue with them. Ideas in and of themselves are not plans, financial decisions or threats. They aren’t mistakes to be corrected, or expressions of dissatisfaction. My ideas enrich my writing, my humor, my curiosity and my mothering.

Can we get another dog?

8) Advantages

In 2013, the American Psychological Association held a conference where they discussed, for the first time ever, the advantages of having bipolar disorder. (2)

For one, there is a strong, as yet not understood, link between bipolar and creativity. (2) Note how nicely our home is decorated on a Craigslist budget. Note that I’m making a little money writing. Note my award-winning blog.

PhD researcher Sheri Johnson is studying how those with bipolar tend to be more “reactive” to goals and rewards.

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Excellent explanation and very real. I liked how honest this was about the reality.

March 25, 2019 - 5:14am
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