a response to “i don’t want to be bipolar”

Dear Sister, I hate to burst your bubble, but you are going to be bipolar all your life. Even if you’re “properly medicated” like I am, you’re still going to have to haul your bipolar bottom to psychiatrists, psychologists, exercise environments, pharmacies and to the grocery store for extra fruits and veggies and the natural food store (or pharmacy) for b-vitamins and fish oils. You’ll be reading mental health articles in Newsweek, getting stupid email forwards from friends and cringing at jokes about lithium and mental illnesses. This is all part of it.

Of course I don’t want it. The alternative is to live less than a full life. Or there is another, unthinkable alternative. We can bring that up, but not here and not right now.


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