Bipolar Thoughts

Here is something that has come up in conversations with three different people in the last two weeks. It also continues to be part of the puzzle in therapy. I believe I have touched on this before, if not written a complete blog about it. But it is important so here we go:

Sometimes, it feels good to feel bad.

I don’t think this is unique to bipolars, or even people with mental illness. I think this is most likely true with almost everyone. But it tends to be more severe and debilitating for people like me.

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Bipolar Thoughts

I recently fielded a question about depression that I thought I could turn into a very helpful blog post.

The question was this: I sometimes get sad for maybe a week or more, like really sad. Am I depressed? Is my depression the same as yours?

The easy answer is, yeah you probably are depressed or experiencing depression as an emotional state. And yes, your depression probably feels like some of the depression I have felt in my life as well. People with mental illness don’t experience a different set of emotions than you, they just experience them differently.

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