Bipolar Disorder Has Its Upside?

finally...  the other side of the story
is starting to come out. i hope.

Bipolar Disorder Has Its Upside, Patients Say

In a British study, 10 people with bipolar disorder —
a serious mental illness characterized by swings between
elation and depression — talked about positive ways the
condition had affected their lives.

The participants described an amplifying effect on their
own internal experiences, say the researchers in their study
published online April 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

For instance, a participant the researchers call Alan (names
were changed to protect privacy
), said: "It's almost as if it
opens up something in the brain that isn't otherwise there,
and er I see color much more vividly than I used to. ...
So I think that my access to music and art are something
for which I'm grateful to bipolar for enhancing. It's almost
as it's a magnifying glass that sits between that and myself."

In some cases, participants believed bipolar disorder had
helped them achieve goals that would not have otherwise
been possible. For Alan, this meant performing in comic
theater: "Had it not been for being bipolar, there's no
chance I could have done it," he said.

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Bipolar Disorder Has Its Upside, Patients Say


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