At the heart of my work with my patients is the knowledge of what has helped or hindered my own emotional pain and growth. I know how hard and long I ran from my inner demons. Literally, I jogged and bicycled around the planet a few times over 35 years until a serious bicycling accident 5 years ago enabled me to slow down and begin the process of settling into my psychological and spiritual path.
The current bipolar (BP) epidemic differs from earlier forms of manic-depressive illness. BP is extremely common, occurring in as many as 1 in 20 individuals, affecting 15 million Americans both male and female.
The most important symptom is moodiness. Mood may shift from high to low, normal to low or normal to high. Moods shift in a manner of minutes, hours, days, weeks or months. It’s almost as if a switch flipped in the patient’s brain without the patient or anyone else knowing when or why.