Today I am blogging for the enth day in a row and I'll admit it, I'm tired. I don't have the verve I did on day one and I am struggling with some depression and mania my illness brings with it. But sometimes you have to find a way and I have found a way, with a little Universal nudge to do just that. And I am going to combine my blog hops, the A-Z Challenge, with the Fellow Writers Blog Hop. Judging a book by its cover.
I have Bipolar Disorder and sometimes I have it and sometimes it has me. The preconceived notions people have about this disorder and those with a mental illness in general is that they are lepers and that they are limited in their ability to function within the confines of the world as you see it.
But here's the reality of the situation. I am smart. I am articulate. No, I don't like large crowds, and yes I do smaller groups better. I love writing because it allows me to control (lol or at least think I control some part of my world). I am not stupid. Yes I take medicine to manage my moods. But no, I am not crazy. There are people who are not mentally ill who perpetrate some of the vilest crimes who are perfectly sane.
My struggle can be a daily one. And to look at me sometimes you might think she's completely 'normal'. Here's a fact Jack, the only difference between me and someone else is, to borrow a phrase from Christopher Titus, is that "we're just the ones who've been caught".
I do, however, recommend, if you are suffering from any symptoms of mania, depression, or any other mental illness to seek treatment. That doesn't necessarily mean they're coming to take me away ;). That may mean doing something simple as reaching out and talking to a professional therapist. Getting some perspective is profoundly helpful.
If you are seeking more info on bipolar disorder and how you are not alone look up Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos of General Hospital) and research his personal story @ http://mauricebenard.tv/.
I am also at http://KarenCote.tv/blog-with-me all this week discussing Book One in my Lost Legacies Series #AnotherWayToDie. http://amylmccorklekentuckyauthor.webs.com/ and on Twitter http://Twitter.com/AmyLMcCorkle.