Bipolar Disorder Makes Getting Stuff Done Extremely Difficult

I have type 2 bipolar disorder, and I struggle to get anything done.  Let me explain.

Bipolar disorder imparts upon me varying degrees of productivity.  Science has helpfully illustrated this with the following graph:

The cycle of I-can’t-get-shit-done.

Let’s examine this in greater detail:

Mood: Bat-Shit Crazy

I’m starting here because this is me… right now.  Paradoxically, despite an incredible amount of energy, and my brain red-lining at 10,000 thoughts per second, I can’t get anything done; Hell, it took me 10 minutes just to write this paragraph.


Because I have 16 browser tabs open (and they’re actual honest to goodness articles… not just 16 porn videos!)  Because I’m thinking about the novel I want to write.  Because I’m thinking about that other novel I want to write.  Because I just had another idea for a different blog.  Because AFRICA is playing in one of my tabs and I can’t find it.  Because my thoughts wont shut the hell up!  It’s hard to get anything done when you can’t even start anything because you’ve got 500 ideas of what you should be doing.

Listen to Arcade Fire’s song Everything Now

This phenomenon of racing thoughts which I characterize as a “loud mind” is so central to my experience of bipolar disorder that I named my own bipolar disorder blog after it.

I used to medicate this type of mood with booze to try to at least be sort of normal – until I gave that up… but sobriety is a whole other story.

Mood: Hypo-manic

Ah yes, the golden zone.  This is where I get stuff done; this is where I’m brilliant; but let’s face it, this is also where I’m kind of a dick.

Like this without the lava or the horribly disappointing screenplay.

9 Replies to “Bipolar Disorder Makes Getting Stuff Done Extremely Difficult”

  1. Ironically enough I had the same type of night last night. So this made me laugh a lot I truly hope you write your book. Focus on the book idea that’s re-occuring.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking to become more educated about mental illness. What are some of the biggest misconceptions about bipolar disorder?

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  3. I cracked up at your graphics. I will have to cut and paste the graph for future use. 🙂 I *think* I have BPII, never formally diagnosed. I don’t get the bat-shit crazy. I love the hypo-mania, which is difficult to explain to people, so I don’t try. I’ve often wondered it my hypo-manic bit is other people’s normal. WTF *is* normal? Loved the song. Only 16 windows open?

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about having 500 ideas of what you should be doing but not being able to focus on any one of those ideas long enough to get anything done. It’s unbelievable how jumbled up and distorted those ideas can become during the “bat shit crazy” phase. I’ve written poems that seemed amazingly profound and creative to me at the time (bipolar delusions of grandeur), then I’ve looked at them the next day and had literally no idea what I meant. It looks like you were a long way from “bat shit crazy” when you wrote this article.

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    1. I never actually do go full, completely manic. I have bipolar type two, so really I just have hypomania – it’s just that sometimes it’s a lot worse than other times, and it’s like “super” hypomania… which sort of sounds like an oxymoron I suppose but whatever. Thanks for reading 🙂


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