I am Bipolar.

I am an introvert.

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I have been wondering how many other people who are Bipolar are introverts as well. As I have looked around the internet world, I notice that there are quite a few others who claim to be the same. I wonder if there is any sort of connection.

For myself, I have realized that there is so much stimulation in my brain ..racing, crowded thoughts, enhanced senses, commotion, energy, etc. when I am dealing with my hypo/mania bipolar symptoms, that when I am well I just want a calm environment around me. Maybe I have equated a lot of simulation with my illness and calmness with being well… so I gravitate to calmness as much as I can. I don’t know, just a theory.

Even as a little girl , I was always talked about as the “shy” girl. And I loathed when I heard my teachers, even my parents describe me as such. Because I wasn’t really shy. I was quiet, and I believe there is a real difference. I watched and observed everyone and everything. More quizzical, less vocal. Did I hate standing up in from the class, yes. Was I uncomfortable in big groups of people, yes.. but I wouldn’t call me shy. Just like now, I am more quiet in unfamiliar situations and rarely found in large groups. But if by chance I am at a party or with a big group of friends I would be the one in the back, just watching and listening to what everyone else is saying… drinking a Diet Coke. It takes a lot of energy from me in order to spend time in that type of scene. But spend some time with me one on one and you may be surprised at the person who comes out.

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I thought this was pretty well written, and I loved the graphics then went along with it. Worth a read:

  1. According to The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, introverts have a longer neural pathway for processing stimuli. Information runs through a pathway that is associated with long term memory and planning. In other words, it’s more complicatedfor introverts to process interactions and events. As they process information, introverts are carefully attending to their internal thoughts and feelings at the same time.

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  1. According to studies by psychologist Hans Eysenck, introverts require less stimulation from the world in order to be awake and alert than extroverts do. This means introverts are more easily over-stimulated.
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  2. The flip side of introverts’ sensitivity to dopamine is that they need less of it to feel happy. Extroverts’ brains run on an energy-spending nervous system, whereas introverts’ brains run on an energy-conserving nervous system. This is why introverts feel content and energized when reading a book, thinking deeply, or diving into their rich inner world of ideas.
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  3. Introverts’ brains aren’t as strongly rewarded for gambling or taking risks as extroverts’ brains are. The brain’s reward and pleasure system is activated by dopamine neurotransmitters. Scientists found that extroverts’ brains responded with more pleasure to positive gambling results. In other words, introverts feel less excitementfrom surprise or risk.
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  4. The introvert’s brain treats interactions with people at the same intensity level that it treats encounters with inanimate objects. Introverts process everything in their surroundings and pay attention to all the sensory details in the environment, not just the people.
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  5. As introverts are thinking, they reach back into long-term memory to locate information. An introvert will often compare old and new experiences when making a decision, which slows the processing down but leads to carefully thought-out decisions.This means that introverts have an active dialogue with themselves and usually walk around with many thoughts in their minds.
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(http://www.quietrev.com/6-illustrations-that-show-what-its-like-in-an-introverts-head)

 

Just thought these were funny:

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14 thoughts on “to be, or not to be…

  1. I LOVE this. I really relate to being with people but part of my attention is in another place (at the same time) processing on many different levels. I do think this brings a depth to us introverts and time alone is so necessary for us as we are operating on so many levels when in company we can and do get drained and tired. I loved the drawings too <3

  2. I’m also a bipolar introvert. Always have been. Theven website those illustrations is helmed by a woman named Susan Cain. Her book Quiet is an amazing study on introversion. She also has a really good Ted Talks segment.

    I like your theory on being well being associated with quieter brain times. It makes a lot of sense to me.

    1. Yes, i love what she has to say on the topic, and i really enjoyed the book. i just read it recently. Although i have never heard her Ted Talk, i will have to give it a listen!

  3. Very interesting lizzy, I did not know that. I will add that information when I do healing, it would be interesting to see its application from a healing sense.
    I kept ‘feeling’ an adrenal fatigue…I wonder if that goes hand in hand with an introverts thinking process. ie. if you are already at a high adrenal level in normal circumstances, so there is no excitement where others would be, and also the fatigue from adrenal constantly being at that level, which can be quite draining and tiring….or because your adrenal gland isn’t firing but at a very low level, hence the not getting excited easily and requiring much stimulation to reach that level, also driving a fatigue.
    You have intrigued me lizzy, thank you for expressing it at this level, it has given great insight to me 🙂

    1. You most certainly have, and it is always a two way street this adventuring on this big blue planet lizzy…and with you, I think we’ve have been tango’ing to the ups and downs of the music of our hearts 😀
      Thank you for dancing with me, it has been a pleasure, and I hope more music to come 😀

      1. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your blog. You speak with honesty and are very articulate. I really enjoy your posts. Thank you for sharing parts of yourself here.

  4. Great informative post. Sadly more common than people think, as with all mental disorders. People are becoming more aware though, thanks to people like you!

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