Bipolar – Alyssa Reyans



Light through the darkness


Light through the darkness…  No matter how dark it gets…  There will always be light.

David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks, an eight ball of coke cut with speed. It’s fun and it’s frightening as hell. Some patients – bipolar type I – experience both extremes; other – bipolar type II – suffer depression almost exclusively. But the “mixed state,” the mercurial churning of both high and low, is the most dangerous, the most deadly. Suicide too often results from the impulsive nature and physical speed of psychotic mania coupled with depression’s paranoid self-loathing.

Inside My Mind

“Inside My Mind” is an exhibition I will be curating in mid May. I am putting a call out for artists, photographers, graphic designers, as well as amateurs alike, to be involved. 

The artwork must be A2 in size, either as a digital image which I can print, or as a piece. The deadline for these pieces is the 12th May.

If you have any queries please email me at

Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it, an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not infrequently, suicide.