Stories tagged bipolar

Scene 7(a)

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“Tell me, what's the worst-case scenario with Charles?” “Schizophrenia, I'd say.”

COD: Extreme Hunger

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Mid-laugh, Mr. Adams caught himself. His eyes welled, flooded with guilt for chuckling at his son's funeral.

Angie, I Think

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“I guess I'm enchanted,” I'd written on another occasion. “Then why don't you ride out here and save me? Is your horse lame or something? Maybe you could just kill me and make us both happy.”

Binge Painter

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One week until the exhibition and only half the paintings were done. This is how Axel worked best, with a gun to his head.

Binge Painter

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One week until the exhibition and only half the paintings were done. This was how Axel worked best, with a gun to his head.

For days I could speak only in clichés

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through the depression. / I felt, without a body, something in agony / or maybe a body without a soul, stiff

Chrysalis

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With each hospitalization she emerged as from a chrysalis in a different incarnation in a different world.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Insomniac

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Lithium saved my life. Lithium almost killed me. Lithium is the treatment of choice for bipolar disorder. The “Anti-Suicide” pill. No other medication has been shown to be more effective. But the window between…

Dear Barack and Michelle

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People think I'm joking when I say I write a letter to the president every day. But he has an email line to hear from his constituents, just like all the Congressmen do. So it's not as crazy as it sounds. I feel it is my duty and a fine…

Doing Time Outside (excerpt 2)

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Society has decreed that you be in our custody.

April 22, 2014

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Not with a bang but with / a whimper, they say, / that is how the world will end. / I am not Ophelia and there is / nothing beautiful about my fall.

Quitting

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—It’s difficult to say, he said. I have mood swings. Women don’t like that. They become upset.