Our expert says:
Bipolar is a really complex disorder, and varies significantly between people, and it may take some time to find the right combination of meds to control the symptoms. This is why it is essential to see a good local psychiatrist for a thorough assessment and to confirm the diagnosis, and for the psychiatrist to recommend treatments, explain them, monitor them, a nd to be prepared to modify them in the light of how they affect you.
But you raise extra and interesting issues. Being a high creative person myself, I have over the years worked with many actors, singers, authors, and so on, with Bipolar and related disorder. yes, iot is difficult. Often they are reluctant to bring a manic phase down, because they feel so creative when on a high. The problem very often is, though, that it's often remarkably unproductive pseudo-creativity, that their thinking when high darts around so energetically between ideas that few if any come to actual fruition.
So untreated or uncontrolled Bipolar is usually much more damaging to one's effective creative output, and one must just see that the shrink is aware of the centrality of creativity in your work, to seek to bring mood swings under better control, so you vibrate around the median, rather than swinging to unproductive extremes.
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