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Bipolar Rants

It is interesting to me that people often come to this site using search terms such as Bipolar rants. They invariably read this piece. And I added a note at the top to explain what I meant when I used the term “rants”. I find this disturbing and sad and a touch bewildering. Because I…

Our Illness is not Mental

If there is anything I hate more than the term “mental illness,” it is being called “mentally ill.” Gag me. I mean, yes there is something rather “messed up” in our brains. And for no reason at all it can randomly make us feel….  sad/bad/crappy/anxious/terrified/awful/full of broken glass/aching/deadened/agitated/unsettled/enraged/flattened/hopeless/numb/broken/lost/needy/emotionally destitute/dysphoric/mixed/depressed……… and I guess “ill” is as…

There aren’t any rules for Bipolar Disorder

What is this thing called Bipolar disorder? I could list numerous, basically identical definitions from all over the web. But let’s just go straight to The National Institute of Mental Health.  This formidable institute says, “Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability…