Welcome to another edition of Bipolar Bytes, offering little bits and insights on this interestingly whack illness, good and bad, for those of you interested to know what it’s all about. Maybe you have it, or you have a friend or loved one who has it, and maybe you just are the curious type who seeks knowledge to stamp out the ignorance that causes stigma and pain for so many who suffer, and thrive with this illness.
We do thrive ya know, and that is the point of the title Bipolar Bytes..to show the good of what is often seen as a miserable illness, in little bits of information, easily processed.
Also because it does bite at times, so I just played with my words a little, I do that sometimes. I am easily amused what can I say?
First my handy-dandy disclaimer, because I can, it’s free, and I think it covers me against anything I can’t foresee by not letting you take my advice as anything but what it is. Just me talking some shit.
The information below or after, herein, forthwith or wherever it is in relation to this paragraph, is my understanding, and my best effort to provide simpler explanations of a complex disorder. There is a lot of information out there and some of it contradicts itself - how ironic, but typically you get the same basis of fact as to what this disorder is and how it affects people who have it. I have struggled with the best way to share with you as one, I am not one to do research, I will if I have to, but its tedious and too constricting, something that takes the enjoyment out of writing for me and gives me a headache. Two, being a serious procrastinator, if I waited until all the research was solid, well we wouldn’t be here. I am not a professional, not even an expert bipolar patient, more of a rebellious one I think . I won’t put anything out to you that isn’t verifiable and while I am trying to educate, please seek the help of a professional if you are ill, or someone you love is or you suspect they are. Hereafter the statement of covering my ass shall be simply referred to as te CYA / CMA and referred back to this nonsense that covers my ass. I think I will have to check with the legal department but I think saying – get a second opinion if you want to act on any information contained herein should do it right? I suck at this kind of thing.
Today, I want to talk about something from a completely personal perspective. Not just something, obviously as we have established, bipolar disorder and what is wrong with the people who suffer from it…
There is nothing WRONG with us, we just aren’t normal. No matter how you color it, even though I have realized in my endeavors to relate bipolar to normal, I have no real understanding of normal. It’s kind of a thing I have noticed of late.
I notice the people who point the fingers and act all chicken shit about being around bipolar people (can we not debate the terminology today? It isn’t the point), usually when asked to say what normal is, either are unable to put it into words or ignore the request for clarification all together. True Story.
So let’s pull out our trusty dictionary and see what it says about normal, shall we?
nor·mal Adjective /ˈnôrməl/
adjective: regular, standard, ordinary, common, usual,perpendicular
noun: normality, normalcy, perpendicular
- Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected
- it’s quite normal for puppies to bolt their food
- normal working hours
- (of a person) Free from physical or mental disorders
- (of a line, ray, or other linear feature) Intersecting a given line or surface at right angles
- (of a salt solution) Containing the same salt concentration as the blood
- (of a solution) Containing one gram-equivalent of solute per liter
- Denoting a fault or faulting in which a relative downward movement occurred in the strata situated on the upper side of the fault plane
Adjective,,yes of course and I see how definition 2 specifically covers the mental disorder – which of course then explains how Bipolar people are not normal.
Well that tells me nothing. Except that you can properly say I am not normal, or abnormal if you like, without having to qualify your idea of normal. Great.
Did you notice the synonyms? I don’t see wrong.
I do see usual, typical, ordinary, standard, expected…
I don’t see anything wrong with not being those things.
Bipolar disorder affects every part of the body and soul. It’s physical and mental and those who have it often have difficulties in daily functioning, cognitive abilities, relationships, social interaction, physical impairment or affliction…
It;s not easy being bipolar but maybe if it was just considered abnormal and those who have it weren’t made to feel wrong or like there is something wrong with them, it wouldn’t be as hard as it is. Maybe the difficulties would just be that and not something we hide from everyone because it’s wrong to admit you don’t function like normal people. (or so it seems)
Maybe it isn’t just about bipolar.
There is nothing that says just because you are not normal, there is something wrong with you.
Am I wrong?
I mean about the statement. I already know I am not normal. It’s kind of a good color on me though don’t you think?
Here are a few things about Bipolar that are not normal; (they are outside the standard, typical and usual)
People with bipolar disorder tend to be:
- highly creative
- highly intuitive
- highly emotional
- highly intelligent
- highly sensitive
- highly irregular (no not the need Exlax kind, in terms of circadian rhythm. Sleep, eat, stuff like that. oh..yea that too but not entirely)
What’s wrong with any of that? Believe it or not, wrong is not a synonym for one of those, not even irregular.
Just saying. Hope I didn’t bite off more than I can chew.
- How a Person with Bipolar Thinks (secretsofthefed.com)
- Psychics and Bipolar Disorder (leoflare.wordpress.com)
- Confessions of a bipolar (confessionsofabipolar.wordpress.com)
- NIMH – Bipolar Disorder in Families (bipolarboo.wordpress.com)
- memory loss: The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know (findmedicalsolutions.com)
- Cognitive Manic Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder Associated with Polymorphisms in the DAOA and COMT Genes (plosone.org)
- I Am Bipolar (highpolar.wordpress.com)