As above; so below.
It’s been mentioned many of times not only on this blog but in all resources about Bipolar Disorder. That the mania phase of the disorder is fun; it makes you out going, surprising, exciting, and most of all intriguing. As you get older and learn about your own Bipolar Disorder, in some cases you learn that’s not the case because you start to realize that after the mania phase comes the depression phase; which is what the bottom picture represents.
The same is true for alcoholism. The drinking, the partying, the laughing, and the stumbling are all a great time but it’s the after effects that you learn are what you have to live with. The waking up the next day, the not knowing what you did, the bruises, the head aches, the hospital visits, and the cleaning up of ones self and life are all what you really have to deal with.
With both we have to learn to deal with the destruction we cause in our lives. Quite honestly I’ve learned to think the drink all the way through and that’s been a huge help in not causing a destructive path when it comes to alcoholism but when it comes to Bipolar Disorder, I’m just not strong enough yet to steer clear of the destructive forces. I know as I’m in a mania phase that even if it only lasts for 15 minutes sooner or later I realize the destruction and the depression phase sets in.