This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. Here is a link to Part One if you missed it. In this episode I interview Erin, a woman who was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder 20 years ago after 5 years of cycling manic and depressive episodes. I split this episode into two parts because her story was so interesting and full of information that it ran almost two hours. The first half focuses mainly on Mania and the second half, which is posted here, focuses mainly on depression, diagnosis, and living with bipolar disorder long term.
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- Quotes from this episode
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Reasons you will enjoy this show:
- If you have someone in your family who is diagnosed bipolar 1 and want to understand more about this disorder.
- If you have concerns about some of your own cycling behavior or that of someone you are close to.
- If you want to help remove the stigma from mental health disorders
- If you are fascinated with what the human brain is capable of.
- If you are writing a character who has bipolar 1 disorder.
- If you love learning about experiences that are different than your own.
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Quotes From This Episode:
“Depression feels like it’s this thing that just takes over and you do not have a choice, it’s just, it’s like a huge black cloud that just descends on you and just floors you.”
“I would interact with people but I could barely get any words out, I just couldn’t figure out how to communicate with anybody, I didn’t want to.”
“You can’t really reach someone when they’re manic. They’re not open to you telling them that there’s something wrong with them because they think that they’re better then ever. And they think you’re the one with the problem.”
“Mania feels like you’re Tinkerbell or something, and being on lithium feels like you’re an elephant.”
“Being manic feels like “I’m out of my body, I’m out of my head, I’m like, I’m a spirit or, I’m not even here. So being on lithium really just grounded me.”
“You know you’ve got to work with your medication. You can’t just pop a pill and then be like, “yeah! I’m going to go have a wild life.” Because you can break through your medication.”
“Too much stimulus and stimulation is not good for me. So, I actually like to spend a lot of time alone. I work at home.”
“I am extremely grateful that I am able to have the life that I have and that I have stability. And that I, like I said, I have access to healthcare and the support of family. I’m lucky.”
“My experience in a lot of ways is about suffering. And I have also been the cause of suffering. So anytime you get into suffering, hopefully you can figure out how be compassionate in there.”