I know I’ve been on a streak of writing posts surrounding Bipolar Disorder, but it’s something I’m very passionate about. Educating and spreading awareness. In case you’ve missed them, here are a few of my recent posts about the mental illness :
I write about it a lot. It’s a massive part of my life. If you’re new here then HI! If you’ve stopped here before and you know me, skip ahead. I like to give a bit of an intro for new readers. HEY HI! Thanks for choosing my small corner on the internet to read. I appreciate you so much. I’m Natasha. (I go by Enn) I’m 31, a full-time writer, wife and mom to 3. I’m a cannabis user, coffee drinker and podcast lover. Follow me on IG and send me a dm. Let’s connect! I love getting to know my audience and I really love feedback. Thoughts with N IG
If you aren’t familiar with Bipolar Disorder here is a super quick rundown. Basically, it is a mood disorder. It’s characterized by shifts in mood. There are ups and downs that are uncontrollable to the person. Achieving mental stability can be very challenging. Personally, I’ve been on a journey of finding the right medication for about four years. The “ups” are referred to as mania or hypomania and the downs are a deep depression. There are a few different types of bipolar disorder, but all are severe and require medical treatment.
For some additional information about Bipolar Disorder here are a few websites to explore:
Let me mention here that I am not a doctor.
I am just someone living with the disorder sharing her experiences. I think it’s important to talk about our experiences. I was diagnosed in 2019 but have been medicated since 2017. I was originally diagnosed with depression, and then it later changed to Bipolar 2 Disorder.
I can’t quite remember when I began blogging, but I believe maybe 2018 or so. It’s been a while anyway. My personal experiences with creativity and bipolar disorder have been intense.
When I am experiencing hypomania I write for days. I can create exceptionally, emotional raw content that evokes feelings and interest in my readers. However, when I am down, it takes everything out of me to even just open up my laptop, never mind creating. Depression is difficult to function with and it severely affects my ability to think and write creatively.
There have been a few studies conducted that share their findings that people with Bipolar Disorder tend to be more creative, more particularly in artistic fields. * (Healthline) Of course its is not the case for everyone. But that people with Bipolar Disorder do tend to be more on the creative side. It’s suggested that mania, and hypomania, along with depression, allows the person to feel differently. The emotions and feelings attached to these moods are deep, intense and very fierce.
My Bipolar Disorder greatly plays a part in my creativity. My emotions and feelings are so intense that I feel them in my body. Writing helps me explore them in a safe way. Writing gives me an out.
What are your thoughts surrounding mental illnesses and creativity? I’d love to hear them!! Drop it below.
Love Always, Enn