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Posted by whiterabbit on April 22, 2003, at 8:46:41

In reply to Re: i messed up..again... Dreamerz, posted by justyourlaugh on April 21, 2003, at 12:01:35

If you ARE bipolar (and I'm not saying you are),
the desire to paint could return once you hit a manic cycle. If you're suffering through a cycle of depression, these cycles can last anywhere from a few days to a few years. Also, the cycles do not always - or maybe even usually -
alternate between mania and depression and mania and depression in a definate pattern - they can occur in any order, with periods of feeling relatively "normal" (whatever that is) inbetween.

If you suspect that you have bipolar symptoms, there is good information on the disorder at (formally the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), along with plenty of information on other mood disorders. I've found self-education to be invaluable for dealing with this mess. I've learned a great deal since the last time they turned me loose from the nervous hospital, because I don't want to go back. If you're a reader, "Surviving Manic Depression" (where I got the above information on cycling) by E. Fuller Torrey is helpful.
Hang in there...




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