How Do You Explain Your Mental Illness?

Finding Joy Again

More than likely, at some point in our lives, there will be someone who will ask us what it is that we have and/or how does it affects us. How we answer could have a big impact on them and how they view us and mental illness. Our answer can feed the fear and stigma or take away some of its power.

If someone asks, “What is bipolar—what is it like?” our first reaction might be to go on a rant as to how awful it is, how it can cause extreme mood swings, impair our judgment therefore we might do foolish or dangerous things, how it has robbed us of a normal life or even how it might have disabled us. But that doesn’t explain what it is and what it does in our brain to cause the chaos. That kind of an answer just promotes more fear about…

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    “Spinning Wheel”
    What goes up, must come down
    Spinning wheel got to go round
    Talkin’ ’bout your troubles, it’s a cryin’ sin
    Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin
    You got no money and you, you got no home
    Spinning wheel, all alone
    Talkin’ ’bout your troubles and you, you never learn
    Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn

    The first two verses captures the feelings I deal with.
    I would be willing to bet that others (bipolars) would be
    able to find comparisons to their own experience.


    1. Wow, perfect words (love that song). I wonder if the person who wrote the lyrics struggled with BP or major depression. You brought up an interesting thought. How many other songs/lyrics were written by people struggling, if you really listen to the words? Thanks for commenting.


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