Have you been someone's Manic Pixie Dream Girl? (self.AskWomen)

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EDIT: I enjoyed this article linked below by /u/SpermJackalope so much that I wanted to post it up here.

262 comments submitted at 15:08:31 on Feb 11, 2014 by littlelibertine

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  • SpermJackalope
  • 12 Points
  • 20:52:52, 11 February

I guess I read some of my experience onto that. I have PTSD and depression, and would drink and party and have tons of sex to avoid my own head. (And, just in my experience, those of us doing shit for that reason aren't exactly hard to recognize.) I'd always crash eventually, and I would be just furious if someone basically kicked me while I was down by being like "Crazy? Eww!" Like, fuck you, man, you liked the symptoms when they had me acting up and excited. And, idk, I find it hard to believe people can easily mistake a bipolar manic episode for being "fun" over months. You could present differently than the folks I know, though.

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  • punninglinguist
  • 2 Points
  • 21:17:15, 11 February

I think a lot of people who don't have bipolar family members only ever see one side of it. Think about your casual acquaintances who are bipolar: when they're manic, they go out and have lots of fun; when they're depressive, they stay in and you don't see them. It's easy to be acquainted with that type of person and think, "Wow, she's really lively and fun, but she also takes some time for herself."

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  • SpermJackalope
  • 2 Points
  • 21:35:07, 11 February

I don't have any family who's bipolar, only friends. They just all tend to have "something is not right here" tells in their manic episodes. Not holding on to an idea for very long, drinking like I did (a truly unhealthy amount), almost narcissistic qualities, and in one person, getting easily angered and aggressive.

IDK, maybe it's because I've got issues too, so I'm better at recognizing irrational/unhealthy attitudes and thought processes in other people?

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  • punninglinguist
  • 3 Points
  • 21:50:16, 11 February

Sure, but even if you sense something is not right, it's easy to mistake the manic side (however unhealthy it seems) for their entire personality and to not account for the possibility of depressive episodes. To see the person as (unhealthily) hedonistic and impulsive altogether, rather than bipolar.

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  • SpermJackalope
  • 1 Points
  • 22:04:40, 11 February

True.