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Leslie A. Lindsay

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder: Part 2

In Part 1, I described my personal experience with a parent with bipolar disorder. I have compiled a list of questions and concerns that you may have from your own personal experience! Maybe one is, “Why does my mom (or dad) have Bipolar Disorder?”

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder

Hi, my name is Leslie. My Mom can be sometimes happy and other times sad. She sometimes forgets to take care of me because she is busy sewing, sewing, sewing. And smoking. She’s say, “Just a second,” with her brows pinched together, her eyes focused on a seam, smoothing the fabric through the Bernina sewing machine, her foot on the pedal, humming and stitching. My Mom gets exasperated, which is a big word that means, she’s had it. When she’s not doing those things, she’s got a migraine and needs to lie down for a rest, which means she needs a break.

Leslie A. Lindsay

Leslie Lindsay is a mother, wife, and writer living in Chicagoland. Her mother died by suicide in June 2015 after a lengthy battle of bipolar disorder with psychotic features; she was an interior decorator. Leslie is at work on a memoir, aptly titled, MODEL HOME in which she chronicles her childhood with a mentally ill mother.