The frightening path towards #Bipolar Disorder

I had a friend, an artist who designed patterns, motifs for fabrics. She was great, full of fun and passion.

One day she had a big pressure on her, because a great brand asked her to design a whole collection of net curtains.

She worked a lot, as you can guess, and was very stressed out. One night her husband was called by the police : she had to travel by train but forgot to take the other one in the city where there was a train change, and was wandering alone, a bit lost and incoherent.

From this day, she began a strange travel with herself. She had big bursts of angriness, yelling when she was displeased, bursts of enthusiasm – she was “the best” and wanted to eat the world, bursts of depression, staying sad on a chair for days.

Bipolar.

You’ll find everything you need with Google. Here are some elements I learned :

  • Bipolars act crazy, take illogical decisions, they are very stressed out about the consequences, then they become sicker.
  • They are able to spend crazy amounts of money.
  • It’s exhausting for the spouse. Patience is the key.
  • “Grandiose schemes” can burst out in the middle of normal live, full of love and care.
  • Bipolars are not that crazy. They just roller-coaster from slow boredom to grandiosity and endless new “projects”.
  • Predictable they are not.
  • It’s a path, and if it begins slowly, it can get worse…

 

I gathered this list of elements. I don’t forget that we can all fall into this, one day…

  • Racing thoughts
  • Easily distracted, can’t concentrate well
  • Exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
  • Inflated perspective about abilities and qualities
  • Impulsive and reckless behavior
  • Poor decision making, rash business decisions
  • Shopping sprees, excessive money-spending
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Delusions (holding untrue beliefs)
  • Hallucinations (seeing and/or hearing things that aren’t there)
  • Academic struggles
  • Social isolation
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Frequent misunderstandings
  • Inability to finish projects
  • Extreme defiance
  • Poor social skills
  • Controlling behaviors
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

 

This last one is what happened to my friend, the graphic designer…

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