Bipolar Bares All! Film At 11:00!

I'm Bipolar all right, I certainly don't make a secret of it.  I wrote a memoir of Manic Depression which I continue to flog with the annoying insistence of a child tugging on a parent's pant leg.  I've lectured on it at universities and medical schools.  I've done readings and interviews.  It's still a taboo, scary subject, and I'm doing what I can to shed light.  One thing I noticed when I was writing the book is that Mania and Depression - the poles - are actually very similar.  They are both flights away from reality - retreat into illusion.  In both cases one refuses to engage with life, and creates false values which provide innumerable distractions.  Despite the scarier aspects of Mania and Depression - they both feel comforting and safe in their way.  Mania and Depression look like polar extremes, absolute opposites, but in fact they have a lot in common.
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
12 Responses Jul 12, 2007

I have recently had an episode and am having a hard time getting out. I'm ashamed. My best friend doesn't understand. Reading this gave me hope, I think it takes a very brave person to be open about this disease

Question!<br />
Are you on any meds...what are your thoughts on Seroquel?

Okay! How does the husband have to react on the moods of his wife whom suffers from bipolar depression?

Thank you for your interest! MOONLIT TOURS, also available on Amazon, is a wickedly funny dark comedy/social satire about 3 cabdrivers who give guided tours of their city's soft underbelly to jaded socialites. (Quirky characters abound.) -- WASHED UP, due out in 4th quarter '09, is a comedy of manners and examination of personal growth & transformation set on a backdrop of recovery. Like the other two it rides the fence between silly and serious.

Please tell us about your other books as well, Mr. McHarg!

Thank you! Easily the nicest thing I've heard all day. Enjoy it! (I wonder if I should have called the post - Bipolar Bears All).

Thank you for sharing this! I am going to order a couple of copies!

Bless you. :-) Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg, available from - 4 sample chapters at

I know I can't remember the name of the book. I wish El would tell us the name of it at least once.

It took me a while to understand that. Rather like laughing and crying are 2 sides of the same coin.

That is very Zen. It's cool how you've seen how these polar opposites share a lot in common.

"Retreat into illusion"--well said. I hope you will give us the chance to read more of your thoughts and experiences about bipolar.