A great video I wanted to share with all of you. It’s a crash course on Bipolar Disorder, and provides a lot of useful information. Enjoy 🙂
American psychologist, and professor of psychiatry, Kay Redfield Jamison, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on bipolar disorder. She’s spent her career researching, lecturing, and writing seminal books on the condition. A condition that she also happens to have had her entire adult life.
An explanation of the video –
In her memoir, “An Unquiet Mind,” Jamison details what it really means to be bipolar. She writes of not sleeping for days on end, of feeling long periods of euphoria, and filling whole notebooks with her racing thoughts and grandiose ideas. While in these manic states, she experienced a tremendously inflated sense of self-esteem and did impulsive things that felt good at the time but had painful consequences, like going on lavish shopping sprees, engaging in promiscuous behavior, racking up credit card debt, and emptying her bank accounts.
But these episodes were followed by emotional crashes: Crippling bouts of depression that sent her into a suicidal spiral. At the age of 28, Jamison tried to kill herself by taking an overdose of Lithium, lapsed into a coma, but thankfully emerged from it determined to find help through medication and therapy.
Through her research and writing, Dr. Jamison has pioneered our understanding of bipolar disorder, depression, and the nexus of mental struggles that we now think of as mood disorders. And she’s probably one of the best ambassadors we have for all those people who live successful, productive lives with mental illness.