The Siren Call of Bipolar Mania

Last Updated: 11 Sep 2019

When you are in the midst of a depressive episode, mania can call to you like a Siren. Its song is alluring, promising you freedom and joy. But chasing the melody of mania is sure to lead to disaster and wreckage.

A woman is seated on a bench at the end of a dock. We see her from behind. The left side of the image shows dark clouds and stormy seas. The right side shows sun parting the clouds. Her head is slightly tilted toward the sun.

I hate bipolar depression so much, I often think of taking a substance that will pop me into mania.

There is a good chance you have had this desire as well. Most people will try this—many times—before they realize that mania is not the answer for ending bipolar depression.

The Threat of the Thrill

In Greek mythology, underwater Sirens lured sailors to their deaths. Mythology teaches us lessons we can use today: what thrills us and seduces us can also destroy us.

My life when manic was a constant chase of excitement, booze, and men. It was not pretty, and it almost led to my death. It is so intense that when I am not in a relationship, I am celibate. I can’t control bipolar manic hypersexuality on my own.

Choosing Stability

Depression has been back in my life for a few months now. I know why. I am on a new sleep medication, and I decided to go back to craniosacral therapy to help with my head injury. Both caused deep depression. I stopped the craniosacral therapy and will probably have to stop taking the sleep med.

This is a deep and mythological kind of depression. It torments my sleep and tells me that my life is pointless. It’s dangerous.

But so is mania.

I choose the stable life. I want to live until 90. I want to be healthy, and I want to work. Mania will never allow this.

So, when the Siren of mania starts singing, I choose to focus on stability.

Your thoughts?


About the author
Julie A. Fast is the author of "Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder," "Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder," "Get it Done When You’re Depressed" and "The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder." She is a columnist and blogger for BP Magazine and won the Mental Health America journalism award for the best mental health column in the US. Julie was also the recipient of the Eli Lily Reintegration award for her work in bipolar disorder advocacy. Julie is a bipolar disorder expert for the Dr.Oz and Oprah created site ShareCare. Julie is CEU certified and regularly trains health care professionals including psychiatric residents, social workers, therapists and general practitioners on bipolar disorder management skills. She was the original consultant for Claire Danes for the show Homeland and is on the mental health expert registry for People Magazine. She works as a coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder. Julie is currently writing a book for children called "Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Psychosis and Depression." You can find more about her work at and

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