I would like to share the following quote from Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy by Dr. Ellen Frank.
"After many years of working with patients who suffered exclusively from unipolar depression, we began a major program involving those with bipolar I disorder. We were immediately struck by the tendency (which we had never observed in the unipolar patients we had treated) of the people with bipolar disorder to divide their lives in two: before their diagnosis and after their diagnosis.
"We soon realized that in this new group, a patient often saw him- or herself almost as two different people: the person he or she had been before developing bipolar disorder and the person he or she was now. We began to talk about the idea of grief over the 'lost healthy self' as another form of unresolved grief that was common among people with bipolar disorder."
I'm hoping you'll share your thoughts about Ellen Frank's observation. I'll tell you how I feel about it tomorrow.