Psychiatrists and people with bipolar both have told me that my book captures what the manic experience is like.
Reviewers tend to say either, She must have written it when she was manic. Too bad her editor didn't fix it. One star. Or: She must have written it when she was manic. So glad her editor didn't fix it. Five stars.
Which gets me thinking: Doctors say bipolar is really hard to diagnose. But if people who have it know it when we see it, what if we wrote a screening tool? Bear with me here. I'm thinking something like this:
They say: A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood.
What we hear is: Are you abnormal?
To which we answer: No. I mean, duh.
So what if they said: Has there ever been a time when everybody around you just didn't understand why the world was so great or why you felt so good? Or has there ever been a time when everybody around you was massively irritating?