BipolarConnect Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • Hey, readers. A fantastic response to last week's inaugural "Question of the Week." These were book-quality answers that offer some of the best accounts about our illness that I have ever read.

    Let's keep the conversation going. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. It's all about the considerable wisdom and insight that you bring to the table. So, without further ado:

    If you could magically eliminate forever one symptom of your illness or related to your illness, what would it be?

    Please avoid the temptation to answer "depression" or "mania" or "anxiety." In other words, if you get depressed what is it about the depression that poses the biggest obstacle to you? (Lack of energy? No motivation? Suicidal thoughts?) Likewise for mania. (Can't keep your mouth shut? Can't focus?) You get the picture.

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    Also, feel free to include a symptom that may not be officially recognized by the DSM or may be associated with another illness (such as anger or procrastination or avoiding people or not being organized or not being able to think straight).

    Finally, don't feel you have to limit yourself to thoughts and feelings and behavior. Perhaps your illness is manifesting in a physical way. (Headaches? Digestive problems? Chest pains?)

    Over to you ...

Published On: May 11, 2009