What do you think you’re good at because you’re bipolar?

What do you think you’re good at because you’re bipolar?

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What a fun question!

There have actually been studies done to prove that those with mental illnesses, particularly bipolar disorder, have a greater chance of being highly artistic. Many famous writers and artists have suffered from a mental illness. (ie Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Michelangelo, Virginia Woolf, Patty Duke, Van Gogh, Beethoven, and so many more.

Needless to say, I think those with mental illnesses are very likely to be artistically talented in one way or another.

I myself have an onslaught of semi-hidden talents.

As many of you already know, I’m an aspiring novelist. I’ve been writing since I could pick up a crayon. I wish I’d  have explored this talent further way earlier in life, but what ya gonna do?

Anyone who knows me personally knows that my second greatest love in the artistic field is singing. The reason I didn’t pursue writing at an earlier age is because I was too busy singing. I’ve sang in choirs, at graduations, weddings, funerals, cantered during masses (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I led the congregation during church) and I’ve even been a karaoke DJ. (Best job EVER) Now I probably wouldn’t win American Idol (except for on the X-Box…cuz I’m totally the next American Idol on that!) but I can definitely carry a tune!

Something not many people know about me is that I’m actually pretty good at art. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a colored pencil or a paint brush, but I used to be pretty darn good at it!

There are other things I am rather mediocre at, but those three are probably my favorite.

It’s therapeutic to be artistic. Music is so stress relieving. Writing is the best way to put your feelings into words. And with art, sometimes there’s no other way to explain your thoughts than through a crazy drawing or painting.

So what about YOU? What are you good at because you are bipolar?

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5 thoughts on “What do you think you’re good at because you’re bipolar?

  1. I am good at getting a lot of things done when I am hypomanic, and am extremely organized. I also think my writing and editing skills can be attributed to Bipolar. I get hyperfocused on one thing, in this case writing. I do not quit what I am doing until I have done it to the best of my abilitiies. I agree that we as Bipolars are highly intelligent and each creative in our own ways. Writing is the creative outlet I have found I am best at. If you were to ask me to draw or paint, you would get stick people. But as my doctor told me, Bipolar does not happen to stupid people (sorry to sound insensitive). But I have found it to be true. Those like me I have come in contact with have been intelligent, creative, and sensitive people. We do have a lot to be proud of!

  2. AMEN TO THAT!! I, TOO AM A TALENTED WRITER, ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES I FEEL LESS CREATIVE THAN I USED TO BE AND SUSPECT THAT IT MAY BE DUE TO SOME OF THE MEDS THAT WE’RE ON. NOT THAT I WOULD ADVOCATE NOT TAKING YOUR MEDS, BUT WOULD BE CURIOUS AS TO HOW MANY READERS HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. THOUGHTS ?

  3. Well I guess I don’t fall much into the creative category. LOL I do like to sing and I’m pretty decent at it, I love to write and journal, but my writing skills are fair at best. Drawing and painting…..ha! I don’t even do stick people well, but I do love to color in coloring books and I do that really well, but I don’t think that really counts.
    I am however very sensitive and compassionate to the needs of others. I’m a great listener too. Being bipolar does make me very good at what do for a living. I’m a Licensed Psychiatric Technician. I work in the ER Dept of Psych Triage in a large county hospital. We treat people in acute crisis I don’t make the mistake of over identifying with my patients, but I am able to develop a rapport with my patients, even the most angry, hostile and even combative ones. I understand that underneath all the anger and hostility is usually fear. Even when I ‘m very busy either administering medications or processing intakes, I find the time to listen and talk to my patients. I have been where they are and understand very well their fears and concerns. I do a lot of patient teaching and have found that the better they understand the hows and whys of their treatment, they are that much more amenable to it.
    So I guess being bipolar makes me very good at my job.

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