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Anonymous asks: Hey Geth - I’ve been diagnosed as bipolar, and I have a few Qs that are very personal for me: 1. How do you figure out which creative impulses and goals are your brain’s manic bullshit versus realistic things worth pursuing? 2. You’re well-known with a sizable audience; how do you keep mania from making you act grandiose? 3. How have you fixed bridges you’ve burned during mental health hard times? 4. Aside from therapy and meds, what are your favorite resources, etc. for bipolar folks? Thanks <3
Congrats on getting the help you need and making efforts to lead a happier and more productive life. It’s not easy, I’ve been there, and I’m happy to help with these questions. I will give you very honest answers.
1. How do you figure out which creative impulses and goals are your brain’s manic bullshit versus realistic things worth pursuing?
In my experience - you try all of them and see which ones gain momentum and which ones die on the vine. You train yourself over time as you come out of your untreated phase to start recognizing the winners so you can focus your time more and more to be productive. But you put in the months and years it takes for these muscles to strengthen. You have fun with the process, and you become happily surprised when you realize that your fucked up brain produces unique weird ideas no one else can come up with and because you are being treated and can now be focused and disciplined you can actually follow through on them. TCGS would not exist if I didn’t have a manic brain that comes up with weird shit. Luckily I am now treated and medicated and can actually bring ideas to fruition now. That blend of a damaged creative weirdo brain and a fixed up productive brain has really paid off. I don’t regret what I’ve been through, nor who I am.