Bursts of Normal
Riding the Bipolar Rollercoaster
Not the First Time
About three weeks after I started taking antidepressants for depression I began speaking in tongues. My speech had become impossible to understand. My mind and my mouth were moving just short of the speed of sound. Had my speech been any faster I would have emitted a loud sonic boom.
I slept less then an hour a night. My work began to suffer as I passed the point of manic-related efficiency. This wasn't some fine print side effect of the medication; I was experiencing a full blown medication-induced mania and I was out of control.
Being whacked out on medication was the last thing I thought I'd be dealing with. I mean, at twenty-three I was being responsible for the first time. I was going to a "head doctor" for three months. I couldn't figure out what had gone wrong.