Some Effects of Bipolar

My awareness and experience of sounds in general and music in particular were intense. Individual notes from a horn, an oboe, or a cell became exquisitely poignant. I heard each note alone, all notes together, and then each and all with piercing beauty and clarity. I felt as though I were standing in the orchestra pit; soon the intensity and sadness of classical music became unbearable for me. I became impatient with the pace, as well as overwhelmed by the emotion. I switched abruptly to rock music, pulled out my Rolling Stones albums, and played them as loud as possible. I went from cut to cut, album to album, matching mood to music, music to mood. Soon my rooms were further strewn with records, tapes, and album jackets as I went on my way in search of the perfect sound. The chaos in my mind began to mirror the chaos of my rooms; I could no longer process what I was hearing; I became confused, scared and disoriented. I could not listen for more than a few minutes to any particular piece of music. My behavior was frenetic, and my mind more so.

  • Pg. 79, An Unquiet Mind, ISBN – 978-0-679-76330-7, Kay Redfield Jamison

Please leave your thoughts. Sometimes the only way one can find the truth is to examine all possibilities.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s