I read the last comment on my blog. Then I read the post. Then I copied paragraphs of the post and searched them online. My post was the first result.
I wrote it. It’s tone is so unlike my own.
Well, it’s unlike my own now. It’s from my days before mood stabilizers and anti-depressants.
Did I write it for E, who less than a year later would break up with me? But we weren’t even officially a couple. Did I write it for the Korean boy that broke my heart, married some other woman, and I have never seen since? More likely.
But perhaps not. The other love letters were to myself. My unloved self, aching for affection. As through the mouth of the dramatic, romantic lover I wanted and as of yet have never found.
And it is powerfully intense. The writing of one not yet under the stupor of the artificial deadening produced by drugs. Bipolar is the clinic diagnosis.
The drugs have lessen the roller-coaster, but never prevented it’s descent. Depression still comes. Joy does not. And obviously creativity has died. I didn’t even recognize the piece as my own.
My fear in 2006 was that psychiatric treatment would change me. I resisted for 6 years until a suicidal depression that stole my waking hours, extra pounds, and all possibility of happiness. Then I crawled towards anything that could save me, including therapy and medicine.
Now 5 years later, the evidence is in. I have been changed so thoroughly I can’t recognize myself. It’s a bit troubling as I have traded that intensity and creativity for periods of low energy, neutrality, and mediocrity. Only lapses in the reoccurring suicidal depression that causes tears and confines me to bed. So, I have lost heights to prevent valleys that yet I still travel. I quit writing. Maybe I have made a horrible mistake.