I have read into it, not enough to make me an expert, but enough that an English BA graduate would be able to understand what’s going on.
Truth be told, it’s not as easy as a quick textbook read.
If you have the illness, you know that you suffer emotionally, mentally, socially, and physically.
Medically, the diagnosis is associated with impaired functioning.
For instance, if a woman develops bipolar disorder at the age of 25, she could lose up to 9 years of her life because of cardiovascular and other medical problems.
She may also lose up to 14 years of productivity, and 12 years of good health.
At this time last year, I was coming off of severe episodes of depression and mania after having to leave my Master’s program (more on that in a future article).
I was just starting a new job, and I was unsure of myself and what the future would hold.
Tattooing has occurred since before Christ.
Archaeologists have found mummies with tattoos the world over.
Tattooing was done in ancient China, the Philippines, Egypt, Europe, and India.
In the latter decades of the 20th century, they became popular worldwide.
I can’t even count how many times I’ve thought about suicide, and the reasons have varied.
It is often a familiar feeling and desire for those that experience mental illness.
According to About.com Bipolar Disorder, it is estimated that 20% of those with bipolar will commit suicide. That’s one out of every five. And as many as 50%—half—will attempt suicide at least once in their lives.