I experience Bipolar II Disorder. My depression episodes last far longer than manic. Mania is my crash from depression (I know that sounds ass backwards) Depression lasts for a month or two, manic episodes last for a week or two and I am very rarely even, but medication has helped tremendously. Right now I’m only taking an antidepressant (Lexapro). I tried a mood stabilizer for about a year but I didn’t see any change in leveling out so under a doctor’s care I weened off over the course of three months and I no longer take it.

I feel my best writing comes from depression and my best artwork from mania.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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