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Magical Thinking

A friend and I were discussing some of the humorous moments from manic episodes of our bipolar loved ones-
Hindsight allows us the opportunity to recognize the truly outrageous, and to laugh about it. This is something I never thought I would be able to do.

Disclaimer: YOU may not share our sense of humor. without a sense of humor, it would be difficult to maintain our own sanity while watching our loved ones struggle with theirs. Please pass over if you think you might find it even slightly offensive.

Crystal Clear


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Jul. 22nd, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
Crystal Clear
In the peak of her first manic episode nine years ago, before anyone realized that she was ill.

My sister, Crystal, calls at 7 am on a Saturday morning, after I had only two hours of sleep. Our grandmother had passed away the night before, and I had stayed up all night, cleaning the house, after picking up my boyfriend from a late flight, returned from a summer exchange semester in Minsk.

Crystal had been helping take care of Grandma in her final weeks, while going to school for respiratory therapy and working fulltime for a new restaurant.

She proceeds to tell me that she can communicate telepathically.

"All you have to do is close your eyes, and open your mind. And while we are preparing to communicate, the lines will remain crystal clear"


"Hold on, let me get that"

A few moments of silence

"Okay, I'm back, that was Dad, he's worried because I haven't slept in three days, but I'm fine"

"where were we? Oh, yeah, the lines will remain crystal clear....."
Jul. 22nd, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
Late Onset Schizophrenia
Okay, this is the brother of a friend of mine, N. N's mother got late-onset schizophrenia. She formed this idea that there was a large conspiracy involving the air force and satellites. She identified me (then ten years old) as one of the co-conspirators.

N. wanted nothing more than to not deal with his mother again, and he did this really nasty thing to drive her away. When he was talking on the phone to her, he dialed a number every so often. He'd hit "3", "5", "1", whatever.

"What was that?" his mother asked.

"What was what?"

"That sound."

"I didn't hear anything."

There's a high school friend of mine with manic depression. He's a comic book artist, and he wanted the blurb in the "about the artist" section to just show a photocopy of his lithium perscription.

They misdiagnosed him and gave him prozac. This made him manic-very manic.
Jul. 22nd, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
Re: Late Onset Schizophrenia
Oh, rough!
There were times I wouldn't answer the phone. That was hard - my sister was and always will be one of the kindest, generous, smartest people I know!

I couldn't sleep through the night for months, because either she or a concerned friend or family member would call in the middle of the night. I knew one night could be the last....
Crystal was 26 yrs old when she was first ill. She was so stressed with everything she was doing, and went to see a doctor about her mild depression. She was misdiagnosed, and given antidepressants.
She didn't suffer from paranoia much, accept during her last manic episode, about three years ago. Her specialty is delusions of grandeur....a couple of humdingers, let me tell you!
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