) I knew I had taken a wrecking ball to my own life.
The aftermath of full blown mania is a little like an alcoholic getting sober – the flashbacks begin – along with a slowly dawning recognition of all that has been squandered or destroyed.
Bipolar stories are invariably gut-wrenching litanies of loss and regret.
In 2004, when I was 43, I finally did something so outrageous, so crazy, so totally destructive and inexplicable, that even a medical profession that routinely takes up to 10 years to come up with an accurate diagnosis couldn’t miss it.
(Read any bipolar stories – the tragic failure to obtain an accurate diagnosis appears again and again!
” “I did it back because I don’t want to be rude, but . I even witnessed one genuinely touching episode where someone asked a kid what was wrong, and he said, “I miss my grandma,” and suddenly there were seven or eight other kids chiming in with sympathy and advice. ” “You’ll see her again in heaven.” It eventually got a bit testy with a kid-sized religious debate, but overall, it was supportive and I felt really good about it. Which leads me to my next point: Cool kids The culture here encourages in-crowd mentality.
” “Well, now she keeps making hearts at me.” “What are you doing? I found out that you tend to get more social interaction at the “parties” (there’s always one going on). The lack of responses to my own attempts at conversation continued until I became a polar bear, one of the latest-and-greatest animals in the Animal Jam world.One such didactics training included a presentation titled Integrating Psychology and Technology: Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Good Fortune.During this presentation, we were introduced to 7 Cups of Tea. You’re cool if you have lots of rare items, especially spiked collars and headdresses. I was shot back down to earth later when a few members in a maze said they were lost and called out for help, and another member responded, “Quit whining! You’re cool if you have the right (newest, paid membership) animals.Certain words and phrases would be blocked, and you could restrict your child to using only pre-made greetings if you wanted to. On the plus side, kids who aren’t cool in school can feel cool here.