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Sabrina Ruediger

Aren’t You Jealous?

This series is exploring the mania, including psychosis, in manic episodes of Bipolar I and my experience with that in a psychiatric hospital. I was inspired by a poem I wrote during my stay at Aurora Behavioral Health Psychiatric Unit in 2016, “Aren’t You Jealous”. I had been coming down from a manic episode in my Bipolar and was getting sick of the patients with depression joke that they wished they were bipolar so they could have mania, which they seemed to think would be a great time. They asked us to write poems during art class, which we then read aloud to the group.