Sara was twenty-seven, and what people used to call a wag: smart, quick-witted, encyclopedic.
Dating a bipolar guy
Everyone from disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair to Debra La Fave, the high-school teacher convicted of seducing her fourteen-year-old student, has employed the bipolar defense.
And if they don't trumpet it as the explanation for their misdeeds, media experts are happy to do so on their behalf.
I, who have never liked TV, started watching hours of it with her every night.
Infatuated with cleaning products, Sara taught me the joys of repetitive household maintenance.
"I hope it doesn't scare you off."Panicked thoughts raced through my mind. This was the odd humor Sara and I had already established, but I wasn't entirely joking.
I'd had several close bipolar friends, and had once been in a long-term relationship with a bipolar woman, Nyla, whom I still consider the smartest person I'd ever met.
Without ever having met her, Fox News contributor Dr.
Keith Ablow all but diagnosed Britney Spears on air this month.
"An illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure," writes Dr.
Kay Jamison in one of the most famous memoirs of bipolar illness, An Unquiet Mind. The popular caricature of the disease -- people swinging rapidly between happiness and sadness -- isn't the whole story.
This is partially thanks to the ubiquity of advertisements for medications like Abilify and Zyprexa, and partially due to diagnoses, which have doubled over the last decade.