When I was in high school, my friends and I used to play this game called “Have You Ever?” We sat around and would ask each other questions to pry out the truth and unveil the answers to the questions that we must have the answer to. In high school it was imperative that we know who had gone past 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases and with whom because we wanted to either confirm or quash the rumors we heard, or were trying to gauge our own behaviors compared to our peers. Whatever the motive, we sat and played and found out many amazing things about each other.
Today, I thought it would be interesting to pose a “Have you ever” question to all of you guys out there. I think that so many of us who have been diagnosed with bipolar believe that our behaviors and thoughts while either manic, hypomanic, or in our depression are things only we have experienced and can make us feel more alone and isolated. Well, as I have become part of this site and have begun to interact with many others who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I have found that a lot of the things I thought only I did are really common things for others with the same diagnosis. I never would have known unless I asked though.
So, the question I ask of you today is “Have you ever used your bipolar diagnosis as an excuse for something?” I mean, there are plenty of people out there who claim a migraine when they don’t want to attend an event, or women who claim PMS when they have a sudden outburst of emotion. Has anyone done something or said something that they later regretted and then blamed it on having bipolar, when really it was just out of anger, or jealousy or something like that?
I would love to hear your responses. You can even respond anonymously. I am very interested to see and hear if this is something a lot of people do.