Thank you for joining our board and welcome to HealingWell. I'm glad you finally got up the strength to join us. The problem with mania is that it can often be handy. There's a book you may have heard of by Kay Redfield Jamison called Touched By Fire that argues that some of history's most creative people were bipolar. I think you could make the same argument for all kinds of dynamic people. President Lincoln, for example, is believed to have been bipolar. The energy it takes to propel oneself into a place beyond the normal scope of creativity or dynamism or leadership or what have you can be gleaned from mania. Not exclusively, obviously, since not all leaders are bipolar, but just that it is not odd to me that someone could be a community leader and also be bipolar. The two things could absolutely go hand and hand. But when they turn sour, it's going to go very badly, just as it's going very badly for JRB. I'm glad you have somehow come through this and moved beyond it. If you wanted to tell us more about that, I would appreciate it, but you certainly don't have to if it's too private.
Thanks for writing, please keep doing so, we're glad you're here.
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum