An Unquiet Mind + Art Therapy Day

The other day I was aimlessly wandering around the web, I happen upon . There are some very interesting quotes about those who are bipolar, and  how they feeling being such.  The one that resonates with me the most is this:

“There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. There are interests found in uninteresting people. Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible. Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow. But, somewhere, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Memory goes. Humor and absorption on friends’ faces are replaced by fear and concern. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against– you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. You never knew those caves were there. It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.”
― Kay Redfield JamisonAn Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

I have put in an order for her book through our school library in hopes of getting my hands on it before the quarter’s end.


Today was an Art Therapy Studio Day. Our ‘directive’ for lack of a better term was to create something that showed who/what supported us through life. I will upload mine at some point, but for the general idea… A very abstracted  dark blue pastel oval with two eyes, mouth, then a circles of purples, red and then yellow pastels. on the outside I glued on puffy pieces of colored tissue papers- purple, blue, yellow, lime green, pink, magenta. Across the top it says, “Not me without the people around me- a support of people in my darkest days I know won’t ever leave me.” At the bottom I listed people, in no particular order and the date I created it.

My Supporters

My Supporters

Finally got a chance to upload! This hangs in my studio, above myself and Robyn while we are working on our computers. We both have so many great supporters, and though we feel like we left so many of them behind, we have my family who has been our strength over the past couple of years.


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