Wouldn’t all of us with bipolar like to know the answer to THAT!! The problem is, the joke’s on US! There IS NO ANSWER to that question!
What do I mean there’s no answer?
Well, we first have to start off with a few facts.
- Bipolar has varying severities (i.e. BP I, BP II, etc.)
- The HIGHS experienced in bipolar are either:
- full blown mania in Bipolar I (the most extreme because it can cause things like hallucinations)
- hypomania which is experienced in bipolar II (less extreme and I like to call the “energizer bunny” symptoms: talking real fast, lots of energy, running around like a chicken with its head cut off.)
- The LOWS experienced in bipolar are classified as periods of depression that last longer than an average person’s typical bout of depression. HOWEVER, it is also different in that:
- it lasts much longer than the average person (and by longer I mean many consecutive weeks)
- it rears its ugly little monster head many times a year; and
- it’s felt much more deeply and intensely internally to the point it impairs the ability of daily functioning.
There are so many more facts that distinguish the two but I think those tidbits are enough to prove my case and point; which is:
IT’S ALL RELATIVE!
If you have bipolar I, your highs can get so high that you can feel so euphoric that you think you can fly and then your low can feel so low that you become suicidal.
If you have bipolar II, your high may mean running around like an energizer bunny, rattling off stories,or ideas, or thoughts and having the energy to start all these fabulous and grandiose ideas and them suddenly a few days later, you are so depressed you can’t even get out of bed, or are also suicidal because you are so disappointed you didn’t complete any of the tasks you started and you know you never will.
So in all honesty, what IS the lowest of the low?
Well, it can not be clearly defined by a set of actions or emotions or characteristics except to say that the lowest will be the point in which you will feel your worst because you are not at the point of your own extreme best. You see, having bipolar, we get to see a side of ourselves that many people don’t get to see in themselves. They DON’T get to see the extreme high or the capabilities that you have and what can be achieved during this time (well, unless they dabble with NON prescription drugs) But, with every good,there is a bad and so the price we pay for having the ability to reach that high, we also reach that same level on the spectrum as a low.
There is no way for anyone to be able to definitively measure to anyone else how low their low on the “bipolar coaster” is because it all depends on how high the person’s high is and that can only be experienced by the one and only person, YOU!
I hope this was helpful for you guys!