I have a bipolar disorder because...?

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NiteScribe
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   Posted 9/6/2006 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Roxie, the thread you began about being thankful or grateful has been causing me to giggle since you began it. It feels really good to laugh at myself. So often I get caught in the downside of remembering some of the difficulties I’ve caused myself by not being extremely careful with my bipolar disorder and keeping it in balance. It is the down side of those experiences, when flipped over, that seem so funny to me today. It is the upside of those experiences that assure me that I’m not crazy, but truly predisposed to being bipolar. How do I know I’m Bipolar?

I know I’m bipolar when I’m face down in the back of a police care, chuckling to myself, and I ask the two officers that handcuffed me, “…are you guys angels,” and the one that’s driving looks at the other before answering, “sure we are…?” All of which, made me feel so comfortably warm and happy, I wanted to kiss them both.

I also know I’m bipolar when the young man sitting next to me, in the holding tank at the police station, pulls the last cigarette he has out of its flattened pack and hands it to me without a word. I was so flattered, and in need of a smoke, that moments later as I left the building I stopped and asked someone if they would mind handing that boy the Omega watch I had just slipped of my wrist –and I watched him deliver that silly gift while I ducked out the door and into the fresh air and early morning warmth of another wonderful day.

How do other people know they’re Bipolar. And do other bipolar people ever laugh at some of the seemingly disastrous situations they’ve gotten through?

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   Posted 9/6/2006 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh NiteScribe -- this is a great idea. You know there are a couple of funnies like this in the a-p forum --"You know you have an anxiety disorder when..." and "You know you have OCD when..." (I have had a lot of fun reading and adding to both threads!!). -- They've been really popular and I bet this one will be too. I thought about starting something like this myself but since it's my ex and not me who has bipolar I thought it might seem a bit odd for me to do so -- so I am *really* glad you did!! Laughter is a great thing to have on your side with all these things.

Well, so you know I can't speak for myself here, but I'll give you some from my ex.

I know he's bipolar when he punches someone he's never met before in a pub on the basis that he doesn't believe what job he does for a living and while getting thrown out believes that he has a secret understanding with the landlord (who naturally also believes the other guy is lying even though he says nothing about this).

I know he's bipolar when he calls me up at 3am in the morning, crying and wanting me to listen to some sad music he's playing -- then holds the phone to the speaker for ages and I'm left wondering if this time we're going for one song, two, the whole album, has he fallen asleep? etc!

I know he's bipolar because he's done the whole break-up / not break-up thing so frequently now that I can predict his depressions and manias by what state our relationship's in at any given time (depression = we're together; mania, which we're on now = we're not together)!

Yes, it's nice to be able to laugh at these things! :) Thank you NiteScribe!!!

Rosie x


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Post Edited (CounterClockwise) : 9/8/2006 1:16:01 AM (GMT-6)


lazy
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   Posted 9/7/2006 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, yeah..I can get in to this...

IF you feed your dog twice in 5 minutes...you might be bipolar.

IF you get home from the store and you have 2 packs of mushrooms, and you hate mushrooms....you might be bipolar

IF your coworker says "are you crazy?" and you answer very seriously,,"YES I AM" ... you might be bipolar

IF you hear the words "what were you thinking?" said to you more than 3 times in one day...you might be bipolar

OK guys,,,this is fun...Thanks for the laugh..Luv...Lazy

 

 


wmnak
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   Posted 9/7/2006 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
what fun!
 
when you're in kindergarden and the teacher tells your mother that you can usually be found crawling on the floor, avoiding the teacher.
 
when you talk with a barber for an hour about the history of his country (germany) and suddenly discover that he tuned you out 59 mins ago.
 
when you run an errand for your wife and forget what the errand was (before cellular phones)
 
look, i'm older than all of you and could go on simply because i've been here longer.  let's hear some more!
 
warren

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/8/2006 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Giggle -- great ones guys.

I know he's bipolar when he's dead set (well, for a day or two anyway) on taking a job in London... He *hates* cities ... and especially London. (A kind of extreme version of those mushrooms, eh Lazy?!)

I know he' bipolar when he pops round to see me without calling first and is completely bewildered by the fact that I'm not in!

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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rosamptx
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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
You might be bi-polar when you calculate and figure that with a big sheet tied to your arms like wings you can jump off a two story balcony and slowly glide down. (didn't do it thank goodness, had another thought.)

You might be bi-polar and lost if you leave your apartment in Texas drive 250 miles into Oklahoma heading to Colorado (wrong direction) thinking GOD is telling you to.

rosamptx
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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, you might be bipolar is you wake up one day with a man in your bed, not the guy you've been dating for three years and marry him before going to work that same day.  Hmmmm, needless you say, I'm divorced.

lazy
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   Posted 9/8/2006 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You might be bipolar if you laugh at and relate to all these posts!

NiteScribe
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   Posted 9/8/2006 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Welp, I've been laughing at all the posts...here's another one: When the mental dexterity of being awake and the mental agilities necessary during sleep become overlapped and entangled in the deliciously-horrifying-experience of waking up everyone in the house by shouting, “Jesus is coming” at the top of your lungs. You just might be a bit Bipolar. But you’re Bipolar for sure if you use double-hyphenated words like deliciously-horrifying-experience.

You just might be Bipolar if you persist in talking to your cat even when you know your cat doesn’t understand a word you’re saying and your cat would probably be happier if you’d just shut up...because any cat is able to read minds, right?

Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/8/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
okay, heres one

You might be bipolar if you move everything out of your 2 car garage, (packed 2 car garage, mind you) sort through it all, spend an entire day going through box after box, and then put it all away, all alone and 8 months pregnant. When finished you decide you didn't sweep the floor well enough, move it all out again to redo the floor.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 
 


Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/8/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
And yes, Lazy, I do believe cats can read minds. Mine don't appear to much like the tone of my thoughts though, lol. The dog of course is delightfully ignorant, and my best and only friend.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 
 


Djonma
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   Posted 9/9/2006 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
When you know you have to sort out the stuff in your room so you can move to Uni without taking needless stuff, but taking stuff you need... so you spend a week teaching yourself a new computer language so you can build a database and a program to run off it to *oprganise* the sorting of your stuff.
Oh god... I do this too much!
I *ORGANISE*
And then I don't get around to doing the stuff I organised myself to do, cos I come off the mania and collapse!

When your ADD/Hyperactive boyfriend is tired out because you're talking too fast, bouncing around, poking him all the time.

When your computer is crashing because you have 15 seperate firefox windows open, each with 10 tabs or more open, because you're trying to do enough stuff to keep your mind entertained.

When you have folders on your computer FULL of the most obscure information, incredibly detailed, on stuff you'd never EVER want to know about cos it's unbelievably boring... but obviously it was the focus of a mania at one point.

(And upsettingly: When you have to move your favourite teddy bears from boyfriend, and all your nice stuff into another room so you don't destroy them).
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wmnak
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   Posted 9/9/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
i built the lanuages to build the databases so that i could organize my stuff. see, you ain't so bad. :) and my cat both understands english and is psychic. just ask him.

this is so great!

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/17/2006 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thought we could all do with more laughs, so ... bump!

Rosie x
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When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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Djonma
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   Posted 9/17/2006 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Heh, in a continuation of Warren and my silly geekery.... when I'm half way throgh working out how to do the database and program to run off it and the mania either runs out or shifts focus and months later I suddenly find it again and wonder why I bothered or didn't finish it!
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wmnak
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   Posted 9/17/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm like my cat.  i don't give up - i just lose interest.
 
seriously, i often find myself asking myself "how did i ever get here?  or waking up in the middle of a rage and saying "this ain't me."
 
warren

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   Posted 9/17/2006 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I really know I’m bipolar,

When, I’ve mixed nearly all the condiments together from the refrigerator – everything form mustard to peanut butter-- then topped that of with a banana and a bit of honey, just knowing I’d discovered the secret elixir of longevity. And, in addition, after tasting it realized that I now know what baby-poop must taste like.

CapninHapnin
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   Posted 9/18/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
These are hilarious!!!!!!!!!

I might be bipolar if I drove 14 hours to Memphis to get something, then could not remember what it was I was after when I got there.

And, figure out a system that absolutely cannot fail on how to win on the craps table, then finding out too late the system has a flaw somewhere.

And, trying to fix the furnace on the coldest weekend of the year by completely disassembing it.

And, calling a boss in the middle of the night to explain why the project that was due 2 weeks ago was not done.

And, going on a dream vacation, but finding out after arrival at airport 150 miles away, the luggage is still next to the garage door at home.
I want "I wish I had one more day to spend at the office" on my tombstone.


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   Posted 9/18/2006 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots of laughter from here! -- Mind you, Cap, I've done things like that and I can't even blame it on bipolar! ;)

Like when I decided to rescue two (very ugly) chairs from a dump and believed that if I just sanded them down enough (and then created seats for them) they'd be great. Needless to say I sanded them down (with electric sander which I managed to overheat and singe several parts of) in my sitting room... . Months later I still find wood-coloured dust... . And I never finished the chairs: they remained ugly and after a while I gave up pretending I didn't know why anyone would have chucked them out. Finally got a corner of my sitting room back! :) Come to think of it, I'm beginning to understand why my partner left me!

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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NiteScribe
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   Posted 9/18/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I was sixteen, my bipolar motto has been:

“When you’re getting run out of town, get out in
front of the mob and make it look like a parade.”

Unfortunately, my mob directing “look” seems
to resemble the Tango enshrouded in a butterfly net
with a Thorizine shuffle.


I realize I’m bipolar when I’m telling a friend that
I will meet him in Palm Springs just as soon as
my attorney can fly me down. Then I remember
that the only thing my attorney has ever done for
me is to tell me he’s going to call the cops if I
don’t get out of his office.

-Norm

wmnak
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   Posted 9/18/2006 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
this thread needs to be bumped up.
 
it's now 1:30 am and i'm still awake.  bp anyone?
 
you know you're bipolar when you can remember things that happened 45 yrs ago but forget why you went to the store.
 
you know you're bipolar when you take a sleeping pill at 1:00 am and then realize that you have to be awake at 7.  mania overtook the pill.
 
more?
 
warren

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   Posted 10/1/2006 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump!
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When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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wmnak
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   Posted 10/7/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
you know you're bp when you're doped to he** but can't remember whether or not you've taken your pills.
 
you know you're bp (in a manic state) if you beat foley out of washington and into a rehab facility.  (i know that this statement is political, but it's american politics and i find it amusing - hope i don't offend any pedaphiles).  (DISCLAIMER:  before anyone flames me, please note that i don't like many politicians - regardless of party.  I liked maggie thatcher and i campaigned for jfk.  if there's a pattern there, i don't see it.)   tongue  
 
warren

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judyinky
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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
You might be bipolar is you are taking your medication early in the morning and you think your phenagran is your prednisone. Your mind is so foggy that you read it wrong, then you pull out the next bottle and it's the prednisone. Suddenly you realize you have taken 20mg phenagryn, you take the prednisone and wonder if you can stay awake long enough to find out if you have overdosed and wonder if u should take your other meds. You call and they say, you wil just be sleepy for a while.
You drink coffee all day to stay awake, go to sleep that night, sleep all night and the next day, then wake up with a hangover..

You hide the phenagran but wirte a note where it is in case you get nausea. You definatly keep it far away from the prednisone. :-) and check your eyeglasses.

If you get up in the middle of the night and eat jello with whipped cream ( several times) just because you are hungry from prednisone and have become addicted to sugar free jello and sugar free whip.
You panic if you run out. Gee.. the things that are important. lol

You definately might be bipolar if you are on here at this hour of the morning. :-)
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wmnak
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   Posted 10/8/2006 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
judy,


lol i can relate. :) also relate to the time of the morning.
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