Do YOU think bipolar disorder is a gift?

No do I not, in any way, think bipolar disorder is a gift.
And thank you for mentioning bipolar1blog!

Dyane Harwood


Sooooooo, my friends, I usually just post once a week, but I can’t help posting once more.

I’ve gotten into a relatively new habit of checking out the Word Press Freshly Pressed selections.

On Thursday I spotted this post in the line-up:

While I was genuinely glad that the topic of bipolar disorder attracted the attention of the WordPress editorial staff, I was also disappointed.


Because, because, because, because…(and I know some of you will disagree with me on this point, but I still love you!)

I can’t stomach calling bipolar disorder a gift.  My Dad had bipolar disorder, and he didn’t think it was a gift either!  

I guess when it comes to mental illness, my attitude of non-gratitude runs in the family!

(And I wonder why Oprah won’t return my phone calls about being interviewed on her

“Super Soul Sunday” show!!!)


I’ve read numerous bipolar-themed memoirs…

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4 thoughts on “Do YOU think bipolar disorder is a gift?

  1. I’m totally honored for the reblog, beautiful friend! (And also for the retweet!) This is such a heated topic for many of us living with bp. Sometimes when I see the “gift” articles and comments etc. I feel bad for feeling the way I do, but it helps me a great deal to know that you also regard it this way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart & soul for your support! xo Dyane

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    • You are most welcome dear Dyane! I think the creativity, the intelligence, the energy, without the disease are gifts for sure, but bipolar d/o is not a gift. How it makes people suffer, how it takes away productivity, how once you have it, you’re never far from torment, none of that is my definition of a gift. So yes I wholeheartedly agree with you. Hugs.

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  2. Thank again for your understanding and support! I think a lot of people can develop their so-called “gifts” without having bipolar disorder, to tell you the truth! Sure, there are the geniuses – that’s a whole other discussion. All I can say is that I hate the word “gift” when it relates to bipolar disorder. It’s like fingernails scratching on a chalkboard – yuck!

    Much love to YOU, my sweet Tolette! :))))))))
    love always!

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  3. Ditto about gift and bipolar do. I know how much I have suffered because of this vile disease. Not a gift in any way. I think I said the same thing about having all the gifts without bipolar do.
    Lots of love and hugs.


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