Bipolar Bits and Pieces

Trivia Collected over the Years!

Failed in business.....................1831 
Defeated for legislature.............1832 
Second failure in business...........1833 
Suffered breakdown...............1836 
Defeated for speaker...............1838 
Defeated for elector.................1840 
Defeated for congress..............1843 
Defeated for senate..................1855 
Defeated for vice president.......1856 
Defeated for senate..................1858 

****Elected President****     1860 

His name was Abraham Lincoln, 
and he had Bipolar Affective 




            IT COMES DUE!!!


     The Meaning of the Word

The word psychiatry was derived from the Greek "Psyche" meaning mind, and "Iatreia" meaning healing. 
Psychiatry: A healing of the mind! 

            H  =  Hungry 

            A  =  Angry 

            L  =  Lonely 

            T  =  Tired 

Any one of these can make us feel    anxious, depressed, manic  or 
           Out of Control


A charming young manic named Paul 
One Friday went down to the mall 
He spent all his money 
and thought it quite funny 
He'd really bought nothing at all! 

Optimist: I feel great today!!! 
Pessimist:  When was the last time you had your lithium levels checked? 


Tis better you do that kindly deed 
You've forgotten to do today; 
Better you go to the friend in need, 
Who's striving along life's way. 

Give him a friendly word of cheer 
'Twill help him to face the strife 
A glad hello or a welcome hand 
May brighten his path in life. 

Putting off till some distant tomorrow 
The words that you meant to say, 
Won't lighten the burden of sorrow 
That he's bending beneath today. 

Reach out and extend the grip of a friend 
"Twill take but a moment or two 
And will help him to know that you understand 
The troubles he's fighting through. 

For when we have followed the winding path, 
And come near life's setting sun, 
'Twill count for naught what we meant to do, 
Just the kindly deeds we have done. 

                          Oren Alden DeMass E.F. dec 1994 

i swear I just don't understand 
this shapeshifting business 
my morning shave tells me who I am 
yet as soon as I'm away from the 
mirror it starts 

my wife calls me honey and deer 
do I really resemble 
a shy, sticky forest creature? 

the telephone thinks I'm a home 

my daughters say get ahold of yourself 
and pour some milk 
could I do both at the same time? 

my sons call me pop 
is that 7Up or Sprite? 

my cats talk to me in cat 
and I can understand them 

at the repair shop they tell me 
i'm made of money... 
is that 20's or 50's 
and why won't the bank believe them 

this shapeshifting tires me out 
i think i'll carry a compact 
in my purse 


           DON'T  QUIT

When things go wrong, as they 
sometimes will, 
When the road you're trudging 
seems all uphill 
When the funds are low 
And the debts are high 
And you want to smile, but you 
have to sigh 
When care is pressing you down a bit 
Rest if you must...but don't you quit. 

Life is queer with its twists and turns 
And everyone of us sometimes learns 
And many a person turns about 
When they might have won had they stuck it out 
Don't give up though the pace seems slow- 
You may succeed with another blow 

Often the struggler has given up 
When he might have captured the victors cup 
And he learned too late when the night came down 
How close he was to the golden crown 

Success is failure turned inside out- 
It's pressing on past fear and doubt- 
So stick to the fight 
when you're hardest hit 
Its when things seem worst 
that you must not quit! 

     George Frederick Handel

(1685-1759), known for his swings from depression to mania, composed his majestic oratorio Messiah in only six weeks.  If he were living today medications are available to contol his moodswings. 


Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable..


We can be strong!

 You know its a bad day when.....

Your boss tells you not to bother taking off your coat.

You wake up to discover your water bed is broken...then remember you don't have a water bed.

Your horn gets stuck when you're following a bunch of Hell's Angels on the freeway

Your income tax cheque bounces

Your bar of Ivory soap sinks

You put both contact lenses in the same eye.

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