Music affects me greatly. I am not alone in this but some people with bipolar have to be careful, as music is another stimulant. Quite often I feel the need for excessively loud music especially when I am on the treadmill and especially in the car. When I see people perform (especially my daughter) to music, I have to fight back the tears. Music also facilitates flights of fancy where I imagine myself in some great, tragic love affair. It feeds my imagination which, as long as it remains private, is acceptable.

I can play music relentlessly for 2-3 days and then suddenly I will stop abruptly for a few days. It follows the pattern of the ebbs and flows of the mood disorder and has had me in a few scrapes…

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