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A Journey Into Madness November 18, 2009

Posted by Crazy Mermaid in Delusions, mental illness.
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A journey into madness is not a case where you wake up one morning and say to yourself,  “Oh, no! I’ve lost my mind!”.  Rather, it’s more like someone who gains say 25 pounds over the course of one year.  It’s a very gradual thing.  One little thing after another.  One small step towards madness the first day, and then a leveling off for a little while, as that small step becomes the new “normal”.  Day after day these small steps play out little by little.  Step upon step, all becoming the next “normal”.  It’s not like a heard attack where you wake up and your world changed overnight.  It’s more like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or some other relatively slow-moving disease where your world changes slowly but surely.

But I won’t kid you here.  The progression of my illness wasn’t in years. It was in months.   I went from being a relatively sane 49 year old professional woman (with no history of mental illness) the first week in February 2008 to involuntary committment to a mental hospital with a full-blown case of Bipolar I with psychotic tendencies at the very end of May 2008. Almost four months from start to finish, so to speak.

That would seem relatively quickly to some, but again think of weight gain.  You don’t feel every single pound of weight gain on a day to day basis. You don’t feel every single daily aspect of the loss of memory that’s the hallmark of Alzheimer’s. One little change at a time, piled upon the other little changes. And so it goes for insanity.

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