This blog is the continuation of a dream. A dream that began three years ago when I decided in a writing course it was time to begin compiling my overlapping experiences with two words that have defined so many aspects of my life: Bipolar and Christianity. It might be said that bipolar is an illness whereas Christianity is a faith, so where’s the overlap? It is true that in some cases there is no overlap. It is also true that while I have bipolar disorder, I am not “bipolar” any more than someone with a cancerous long term disease is “cancer.” Yet in some ways the illness affects the spirituality and vice versa.
It would be good to start with some definitions of terms. According to http://www.dictionary.com:
Bipolar: an affective disorder characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of depression, usually interspersed with relatively long intervals of normal mood.
And the definition of Christian that I’ll be using is:
Christian: of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings: a Christian faith.
I find that there is too little written, to my knowledge, on what it is like to suffer from a mental illness while struggling with one’s faith as well. Even if you do not struggle from a mental illness, you may see some of yourself in these pages. So join me on a journey as to what it is like to have your mental state affect your faith and your faith your spirituality.