Art and bipolar disorder

Joe has been a patient at our OPTIMA service for people with bipolar disorder. Here he describes how his art relates to his bipolar disorder:

"It is very hard for me to remember what was going on at the time. I wasn’t really thinking straight.  What this represents is the madness going on in my head at the time. I had positive thoughts but also kept getting blockages, so most of the artwork is a visual representation of the distress I was experiencing. I did a load of art over a short period of two weeks.

At this current time I’m moving towards a period of normality, although I still do feel a bit low. I do miss the creativity and energy I had when I was more on the manic side. However, I don’t miss the difficulties that being manic caused me, my friends and family".

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