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When People Snap: Edgar Allan Poe

hairI’ve been called hard core, intense, sometimes a nag, or have heard “Stop busting my balls!” and sometimes I fear that some of Bipolar II symptoms, irritability, persistence, and intensity, are going to drive someone to the point where they snap.  Where one day they can’t take it anymore and walk.  It’s not like I don’t know that can be difficult or over the top, but, when your loved one gets used to it, or puts up with it, you have to know that without proper communication, you are prone to losing a close friend, a business partner, or a relationship.

One of the challenges of Bipolar II disorder is learning to handle your fierce emotions when they hit you like a ton of bricks. That rush of acute emotion can be damaging over time or instantaneously.  And it can manifest itself physically or emotionally.  One day you look back and realize there are patterns in your life and an opportunity to learn about your condition, and face those symptoms head on.

Here’s an example taken from my book “Inside the Insane.”

Yes, when I was a younger than young I tore off some shutters.  Yes, I threw a few quick comets in the sky attacks here and there at my sister.  By accident.  I couldn’t control my emotions tearing out physically all over some of the air in front of my family’s faces, arms, hair.  Or my bursting tears.  I didn’t mean it.  It’s like telling me I’m too sensitive is like saying you have to many freckles.  Hyper sensitivity, hyper emotional, hyper active.  It is all is the same pre word to a word that for everyone else is normal.  There is no such thing as “hyper” anything when in your world that is normal.  I can’t control it.  I can try and stay out of the sun but it’ll find me.  How do you make someone understand you’re sorry when it happens so fast that you don’t realize you did it till after the blood, the tears, the look of what the fuckkkk!?


By Edgar Allan Poe 

From childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were—I have not seen

As others saw—I could not bring

My passions from a common spring—

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow—I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone—

And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—

Then—in my childhood—in the dawn

Of a most stormy life—was drawn

From ev’ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still—

From the torrent, or the fountain—

From the red cliff of the mountain—

From the sun that ’round me roll’d

In its autumn tint of gold—

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass’d me flying by—

From the thunder, and the storm—

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view—

Edgar Allen Poe suffered from manic depression.

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When People Snap: Edgar Allan Poe

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). When People Snap: Edgar Allan Poe. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from


Last updated: 31 Oct 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 Oct 2013
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