About five years ago, I was at my wit's end, and didn't know where to turn. I had never felt sicker. I'd read a study that confirmed that most of the medication I'd taken had barely been studied for its clinical application. I felt like a disappointed "bipolar guinea pig."
I called everyone I knew and asked, "Who is the best doctor you know?" I didn't care whether the person they recommended was a psychiatrist or not. An acquaintance who has a big job at at a university medical center recommended Dr. H, who was the director of integrative medicine at a major medical center. When I met with Dr. H, she said the following:
"I realize you've thoroughly researched bipolar mood disorder. You've talked about your mood charts in which you've recorded six years of detailed information about your illness. You've been a model patient and I appreciate that. Having said this, I need to ask you a question that I want you to think about. 'What is preventing you from getting well?'"
At the time--and all these years later--I think this is a great question. Because I'm a professional writer, she asked me to make a collage to answer the question. The reason for this was she wanted me to use another part of my brain rather than the thinking and analytical side.
Question: What's preventing you from getting well? Consider making a collage to answer this question. Use photographs, pictures from magazines, or any other materials that will help you express what is holding you back.
If you'd like to, you can email your response as a JPEG file and I'll post them all a week from today. I'm including an email address you can use to send me any files. It's email@example.com. Or, if you'd rather write about it, feel free to leave a comment.
P.S. Jazz commented that she "hates" collages, and this led me to think that it doesn't matter what format you use to express yourself...it would be a poem, a song, a drawing, a list, rubber stamps, a comment, WORDART, or anything else.