Epilogue: Art, Creativity and Bipolar Disorder
This book is a personal account and commentary through art, and to a lesser extent by way of the written word, on living with Bipolar Affective Disorder. We all see things subjectively and uniquely, and my account of it will be different from accounts from many other people. Yet humanity is bound together by feelings, emotions and behaviour, all of which are needed for a gregarious species to thrive. I do not wish to bare my soul (mind) as I continue to cherish my privacy ; it is clear to many of my friends and acquaintances that I do not often wear my heart on my sleeve. However, there are many aspects of living with BP that I would wish to share with other people, provided they are prepared to listen. Starting with an art show might be a suitable opening—an ice-breaker that then gets the interested party to enter into some serious dialogue about BP. [I have had three one-man shows to date at local venues.] This approach might reduce the tension between those of us afflicted and those around us who at times wonder what on earth is going on, as epitomised in Caroline Carr ’s book Living with the Black Dog (Carr, 2007). The stigma of mental disturbances are becoming much better tolerated by the rest of society as we learn more about mental disorders and their causes; but that stigmatization is still there when affliction is severe. Any action that can reduce it is welcome; after all, who among us can claim to be completely normal?