Manic Depression


“Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress–
Manic depression is a frustrating mess.”

Jimi Hendrix–“Manic Depression” from “Are You Experienced?” (1967)600px-Blue_plaque_Hendrix

I am a diagnosed Manic Depressive with the papers to prove it.

Other Depressives include new inductee Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ann-Margaret, Alexander the Great, Hans Christian Anderson, Drew Barrymore, Beethoven (the Composer), Irving Berlin, Napoleon, Marlon Brando, Tim Burton, Truman Capote, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Ray Charles, Chopin (the Composer), Winston Churchill, Eric Clapton, Dick Clark, Kurt Cobain, Francis Ford Coppola, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Dangerfield and Charles Darwin,

Then we have Queen Elizabeth I, William Faulkner, Carrie Fisher, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Larry Flynt, Harrison Ford, Steven Foster, Sigmund Freud, Peter Gabriel, Alexander Hamilton, Handel (the Composer), Steven Hawking, Ernest Hemmingway, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Howard Hughes, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Joan of Arc, Elton John, Ashley Judd, Robert E. Lee, John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, Courtney Love, Martin Luther, Herman Melville, Michelangelo, Joni Mitchell, Marilyn Monroe, Alanis Morissette, J.P.Morgan and Benito Mussolini.

Let alone Sir Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Deborah Norville, Sinead O’Connor, Eugene O’Neill, Laurence Olivier, Ozzie Osbourne, Dolly Parton, George Patton, Edgar Allen Poe, Cole Porter, Charlie Pride, Lou Reed, Theodore Roosevelt, Axl Rose, Yves Saint Laurent, Charles Schulz, Paul Simon, Phil Spector, George Stephanopolis, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sting.

Without overlooking Tchaikovsky (the Composer), Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dylan Thomas, Spencer Tracy, Ted Turner, Mark Twain, Mike Tyson, Kurt Vonnegut, Mike Wallace, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson, Boris Yeltsin and St. Francis of Assisi


Sounds like a party to me.

One hell of a party.


The hot new name for Manic Depression is Bipolar Disorder.

It’s a chemical imbalance.

All in your head.

From DNA code.

There’s a huge variation in types with various degrees of challenge. I’m told I have Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder. Type Two. Discovering this was quite a relief. I thought I was just a drunk.


I’ve tried Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Lamictal, Topamax, Lithium, Lexapro and Celexa. Right now, plain old Prozac seems to work best

Only because marijuana remains outlaw.

A mystery.

Especially since the American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) was drafted on marijuana paper.


No lie!

There’s one thing certain about Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder.

You ride the monkey or the monkey rides you.

Owen Monkey Face.jepg

3 Responses to “Manic Depression”

  1. Kirsti Says:

    Bipolar/Major depressive disorder, schizo-effective, generalized anxiety disorder, major agoraphobic episodes leading to severe panic attacks, alcoholism, etc. Currently on Wellbutrin, Lamictal, Lithium, Trazodone, and valium. Actually a light load from one point of 9 meds a day. No smokey-toke for me due to the paranoia. 😦 Nice ta meet ya, Peter.

    37 years old and have had many doctors and when you change a lot, they switch things all around. I now go in and let them know what meds have been tried by telling them which I HAVEN’T tried. 20 years on heavy meds… do they help? or are they making it worse?

    My best years were spent catering and running the backstage area at a great concert venue for 5 years or so. “Music, sweet music….” That was a lifetime ago.

    I just deleted the details of the most recent major decomposition episodes, but I think 8 in just under 2 years each lasting about a month says a lot.

    I have barely been able to survive, but I found the man I was meant to love shortly after losing my job. He’s crazy, too. And we both live and love R&R and punk music. Jimi Hendrix is beautiful, but my personal R&R crazy is Mr. Morrison. Collecting vinyl makes me happy now, but it get expensive when another Pink Floyd limited edition record comes along. I’d be OK if I could part with some of them! Thanks for letting me rant, but any time I get the chance to vent, I will. And to be in the company of all those crazies through the centuries… Rock on!! And to know there are so many out there who aren’t on Wikipedia makes me feel a lot better, too. Peace.

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