Becoming Bipolar

Mood instability is a serious mental illness, characterized by manic highs and deep depression.

What I think is really interesting is the time periods between highs and lows? Because let’s face it: even those with seasonal depression cycle out of it at some point. Then you have those like me who fluctuate between feeling like Einstein and Emily Dickinson, almost daily.

More importantly, our entire model of the brain ignores time. That’s the beauty of it. So there’s really no one that’s any more bipolar than anyone else. Some people just recover much faster from their down times. And some people tumble much deeper and climb much higher than others. If mood instability is literally just oscillations in mental stress, which is a variable we control, we control how fast we come out of it, how bad it gets, and how long we stay in it.

If think about your entire life as rating on a scale from manic to depressed, or, if you think you’re normal, from happy to sad. It’s important not to be defined by your current state, and to know that everyone’s mood fluctuates to some capacity.

Try to be mindful of where you are on the scale at any one moment, so you can start to identify your triggers, and begin to self-regulate.

So yes, I probably am bipolar. But so is everyone else.