Apparently the psychologists and shrinks don’t “get it”. People who are ‘multiple’ are not suffering from “bipolar disorder”. What they are suffering from are changes in personality.
Bipolar refers to swings from classic depression to extreme ‘mania’ (meaning nervousness and energy) over time. The period of time can vary from a few hours to a few days; sometimes a few weeks, and in certain cases, over periods of months, or ‘they’ (the bipolar swings) may be linked to seasons and/or annual events. (Some people grow very sad during Christmas, for instance. Is this just a ‘bipolar’ event – or a nostalgia for things we’ve once had and lost? I don’t know.)
But I do know this: in us ‘multiples’, we often ‘swing’ both ways – sometimes both at once – and while one of us may be feeling sad and all, another ‘one’ of us may be happy and thrilled – or angry and upset – or energetic and in a good mood – or in a mood for a cup of hot soup and a good book . . . or in a mood to watch dumb TV (think “The 3 Stooges”) and drink 3 beers . . . or in a mood to ‘get out there’ and get something done (meaning work on the yard and/or barn, house, shop and ‘stuff’) . . . while a more intelligent and intellectual part wants to write (winking at you right now, LOL!!!) . . . all the while this is going on . . .
Somebody’s got to take control – and that’s the part you are ‘seeing’ or ‘hearing’ right now. It may be someone who is ‘bipolar’ (in that they suffer from both happiness and joy at the same time) – or just someone who is sad (our teenager holding the young one, comforting him and whispering in his ear as he strokes the boy’s fine blonde hair back from his forehead) . . . while another ‘one’ runs up all breathless and anxious (with joy; he wants to ‘show’ the other boy something … jumping ‘up’ he runs ‘away’….)
Ah, yes, madness perhaps . . .
But it’s not a bipolar disorder
And as long as I am happy within myself (and you aren’t) – who’s problem is it, anyway?
Mine, yours, or theirs?
Trust me: if you meet someone who is MPD – and they tell you the shrinks have given them a ‘bipolar’ diagnosis – then you know the shrinks are wrong . . .
and you might wanna tell them that.