MY LIFE AS A BIPOLAR | MENTAL HEALTH SERIES

My Life as a Bipolar — Chapter 5

Manic symptom #3 — more talkative

Kathy K
Speaking Bipolar
Published in
3 min readJan 31, 2024

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child in field being curious
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MANIC SYMPTOM #3 — More Talkative

DSM-5 criteria for manic symptoms of bipolar disorder
Mania and hypomania symptoms of bipolar disorder. Bipolar II exhibits symptoms of lesser severity and length than Bipolar I — See 271538.png (798×604) (digitalbed.net)

I grew up in high desert beside an extra large river, too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Spring and fall were almost always overlooked in this area. No leaves turning brilliant colors, no fragrant flowers enticing and caressing the air. To say the least, it wasn’t a comfortable place to grow up.

But not only was the climate disagreeable, my life was also stale and bland.

At home, I was not encouraged to speak or to be heard, but especially I wasn’t allowed to ask questions. I tried at first, oh how I tried. I was curious about everything. How does this work? Why does it work that way? When will it stop working? Where will it go when it stops working?

Not really listening, my mom would finally turn and glare at me. Her answer was vehement and frustrated, but especially exasperated and inevitably the same.

STOP ASKING QUESTIONS!

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Kathy K
Speaking Bipolar

I write about mental health and fiction, mostly dystopian. Imaginatively unusual is preferable but not always possible for me.