One of the symptoms of bipolar disorder is irritability. In my case, irritability follows a hypomania. For me, June and July are usually hypomanic months, and thus, if it's August I tend to feel irritable. And when I'm irritable, I have less patience with people although I try really hard to remain patient with my friends and loved ones. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don't believe there is any excuse for "bad bipolar behavior."
In terms of irritability, what I also find is that I have less interest in helping others when I'm irritable. So...when I review past posts, I find that it is usually around this time of year (or after other hypomanic episodes) that I decide I'll no longer write my blog. And when I realized that I haven't felt like returning from my blogging vacation, I tried to figure out why.
For the first time, I realized it's not the "posting" I don't feel like doing when I'm irritable, it's responding to comments. And unlike some other bloggers, I always respond to comments because I believe that if people care enough to comment, then they deserve a response from me.
Having said that, I also believe that I need to do whatever it takes to feel well. So...I have decided to come back from my blogging vacation, but to stop responding to comments until I truly feel like it.
My question to you is: Would you prefer that I "turn off" the comments capability or would you prefer to leave comments, knowing that I don't plan on responding...for now?