So now let me explain. I'm severely bipolar but even I'm deluded about it. I know people who are bipolar who are in less good shape than I am. I feel like I don't deserve to be called "severe."
I've always been like this so I don't really know anything different. I've been told that it becomes more evident as a person gets older, but I always did have this sense of inner turmoil, the mood swings, delusions in intense manic states. The violence, the outbursts, the punched-out picture frames and boxcutter thrown into the wall.
It's not normal, even if it was the only thing I knew.
I guess it's getting a little clearer that I'm severe. I take lithium now. The first day I started my dosage it made me so blank and slow. I could barely walk a straight line. I thought "If this is what normalcy is, it's way overrated."
But I kept with it. I fought the nausea. It got less and less. I could think more. More importantly, I could still create.
My mom, who once said "It is SO DIFFICULT to live with you!" remarked on how calm and even I was.
But I don't think I'm taking enough. I feel like it wears off around 5 or 6. I'll figure it out in time.