Brothers and sisters of the bipolar curse, stalkers curious about it and those who have a doubt they may be lucky enough to be bipolar, welcome to another bipolar list. I have a feeling you are going to enjoy this one. I will not try to make it cheesy like that other so called motivational speaker guy who wrote a joke called bipolar in order (that’s more like bipolar out of order). I will be realistic, practical and no where near screaming words like SUCCESS! CONFIDENCE!! and CAREEEEER!! That is simply because we are a lot smarter than that. So here we start with number 10.
10. You are smart
Don’t get me wrong, you are not smarter as a result of bipolar disorder. It is simply that bipolar disorder is a disease that shows a strong correlation with higher IQ’s. Rarely will you see someone suffering from this disease who isn’t a bright cookie. Perhaps this is the exact same reason people often link madness with genius. No you’re not a genius, don’t get cocky, but if there were ever a fine line between being smart and being a little crazy, it was because of the usual association with mental disorders when it comes to extremely smart people, and bipolar disorder is on the top of them.
9. You are creative
Science has also shown a strong relationship between bipolar disorder and heightened creativity. That is creating pieces of art; music, paintings, fashion designing. It doesn’t stop there, you may also be great at creating ideas, coming up with great solutions to everyday problems or even plots for novels worth reading. Whatever you are creative at, you will usually find you have a little bit more than is expected of others.
8. You are sensitive
This is one of the traits that on mentioning, it may be safe to say that our perks are sometimes the same as our downfalls. You have an incredible ability for empathy, tolerance, acceptance. You care about others. You simply want to help. Of course this incredible sensitivity towards others may leave you wide open for criticism. You may have already decided to develop an indifferent attitude because you realized that no one can survive giving a damn this much, which is true by the way. We all need to realize that there is no way we can fix the world all by ourselves.
7. You are idealistic
This infinite care you demonstrate towards others, along with your imagination, leads you to think of what if’s could if’s and all sorts of made up scenarios in which life is good and fair to all. You want justice, you want responsibility, and you want the right thing to do. You spend so many hours thinking why oh why isn’t every person a good person and why there is evil in the world. But it may be these thoughts and the hopelessness, the realization that such a world will never exist may be one of the serious triggers of your condition.
6. You are religious
Before you ask “what if I don’t believe in God?” I will tell you right away that by religious, I mean having even asked yourself the really big questions of life, faith and spirituality at all. Most people simply follow the religions of their fathers by inheritance and never question those beliefs. You will always be one who wonders and wants more answers. Whatever the conclusions you drew were, asking these questions by themselves is something that is not as common as you think. Whether you are atheist, buddhist, christian or other, you gave and still give the whole topic some very serious thoughts.
5. You are passionate
Whether towards loved ones or side projects, you show true passion. As gifted as you are, when you set your mind to something, nothing can stop you. The only problem is that it is hard to set your mind on much, with depression kicking in from time to time, and the delusions of the highs reminding you that you were dreaming (when you get back to normal). But when you do decide, it’s only a matter of time till you see outstanding results found only by showing this exceptional passion.
4. You are generous
Your highs, lows and general experience of life all make you a generous person. You are sensitive towards people and idealistic towards society, so you start with yourself hoping others would follow suit. You donate and support, to strangers and friends alike, hoping that when the time comes, you can again see the same kindness returned. I can promise you that you will, but usually not in the ways you expect.
3. You are experienced
You have been through the mill. You have seen the best and worst of three worlds: depression, mania (or hypo-mania at least) and the world that every other normal person knows. There are poor old men sixty-something years of age that are struck with poverty, yet they have never known a sadness as you did. And of course, there are filthy rich athletic womanisers who did not come as close as you were to happiness, not even when they’re high on weed (and you don’t even need it). You have seen so much in life that is enough for several lifetimes, and it shows as others often tell you that you are wise beyond your years.
2. You are wise
All the previous reasons all pour into your personality, affecting your thoughts, depth and your mind. You are a deep person who seeks, questions and pursues the deeper meanings of life, love and morality. It often gets hard when you see things in a way that others fail to see, because they never had the time, patience or wisdom to ponder such things. But you do. You know what is best for you, you always will (except when you’re manic, obviously).
1. You are special
With all the above said and true, what now do you think you are but someone who is different, exceptional, eccentric and special? All the above and more perks that you got from the bipolar ride developed you into a person that others see as simply amazing. Strangely, some people only see these perks in you that they–from lack of awareness–hope that they were bipolar. They are of course wrong. Bipolar disorder is a tough condition for anyone to suffer from, but the ways bipolar disorder makes you better is perhaps God’s way of compensating you for your trouble, and I must say, it is almost a fair trade.
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