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UntamedMind.com is publishing a three-part series entitled “Bipolar irritability — The mood from HELL.” Part 1 is an explanation of used to be called a “mixed episode,” similar to what is being called here “bipolar irritability. What a bipolar irritable mood entails and what a diagnosis of a mixed episode was, before the DSM change, is explained and a simple movie clip is used to illustrate what it feels like to be INSIDE of what they used to call a “mixed state,” (manic and depressed at the same time). Part 2 is a short collage of music and images describing the experience of bipolar irritability in artistic fashion. Objectively speaking, it is pretty cool. Part 3 reminds us in humorous tones how, although we are genuinely intimidating in our bipolar irritability and wrath, let’s get over ourselves.
It is daunting to try and talk about experiences that cannot be put into words. There are many parts of the experiences of mania and depression that are impossible to describe accurately or in a way that can jump across the interpersonal void to someone who has not experienced it themselves. What is it like to have lightning course through your veins? To be caught in the timeless, hopeless, prison of depression. Or more practically, how can we describe the ripple effect that bipolar disorder has through all aspects of a person’s life and throughout their lifetime? It is good to remember that the task set forth in this webpage is fundamentally impossible but worthwhile nonetheless.