Exercise #101 : "A Manic Morning"
Your character is experiencing the beginning (but not a full-blown) manic episode. Describe his or her morning. Do not use the words "manic" or "bipolar." Show; don't tell.
I know absolutely nothing about bipolar disorder. I know that they have manic episodes, but I have no clue whatsoever about what someone goes through when having one.
Research time? I'm thinking so.
The following interview is my conversation with The Internet about the bipolar disorder. Bear with me. I'm in a weird mood.
Stefanie: Hello, Internet. How are you?
Internet: I'm well, thanks. What can I do for you today?
S: So I'm doing a little research--
I: Well, you've come to the right place!
S: Um... Well, thanks. Anyways, I'm doing a little research on bipolar syndrome. You see, I have this blog--
I: Oh, I know!! It's great. Totally the best blog ever.
S: You're just too sweet. So you know the premise then. I'm doing an exercise that requires me to know the sordid details of a person's manic episode, and I know little to no information. Thoughts?
I: Hmm... A manic episode, eh? Well, manic episodes can range from mild to severe, and they can also last from a day to months.
S: Oh, that would suck.
I: Yep. Someone who is currently undergoing a manic episode will encounter feelings of agitation or irritation, inflated self-esteem and an elevated mood (i.e. hyperactivity, increased energy, lack of self-control, and racing thoughts), inflated self esteem, little need for sleep, poor temper control, and reckless behavior. Oftentimes, this recklessness comes out in binge eating (or alcohol or drug use), sexual promiscuity, excessive money spending, and impaired judgement. A manic person is also easily distracted.
S: Wow. That's intense.
I: You're telling me.
S: Well.......... Thanks for the info, buddy.
I: Anytime. I mean, that's why I'm here.
S: I'll tell my readers you said hi and that you helped me educate myself.
I: Of course.
Well, that was fun.
Actually, it was really helpful. I don't know if you guys remember, but one of my characters for NaNoWriMo last month was mentally ill lady, and it's helpful to hear all facets of mental illness.
Anyways... It's time for me to head off of here. I need to get some stuff done around the house. Yay for being a responsible grown-up (or at least trying to be one...)!
P.S. The Internet says hi.