Bipolar Recovery Bite-size – Mood Mapping #moodmapping
May 8, 2012 1 Comment
Two years ago I was writing ‘Bipolar Recovery Bite-size’. This was to explain how I and others had come to understand what had happened to us and so recovered from the diagnosis. The reason for ‘bite-size’ was that emotional disturbances can make it difficult to read long articles – The challenge became one of sharing this important information in small chunks/bites.
I have started updating all the bipolar recovery bites and over the next few weeks hope to share the new versions here at Rethinking Bipolar
1. What are emotions made of?
Fourteen years ago as a patient on an acute psychiatric ward I was told I had an emotional disorder that would need to be treated with medication for the rest of my life. I was given a label, “Manic depressive”. There was no explanation of emotions, what was causing the disorder or what I could do other than take tablets.
I wonder how different the next few years of my life would have been if the psychiatrist had been able to explain to me something about emotions.
Perhaps he thought I was too ill to understand or perhaps he did not know how to explain?
We all have an idea what emotions are and yet we all seem to explain emotions in different ways. Emotions mean different things to different people.
Before reading bite 2 , “Emotions Are Made Of…”, how would you describe emotion?