Many highly creative people suffer from Bipolar Disorder. And many of these creative individuals have trouble maintaining a treatment regimen because they fear the loss of their creativity. Psychotropic drugs used to treat bipolars generally have the effect of leveling out the highs and lows at some midpoint that is neither mania nor depression. For many bipolars, this midpoint feels numb and, they often harm themselves in order to feel something and sometimes take their own lives to end what seems like a pointless existence.
This is the comedy and the tragedy of Bipolar Disorder. Mania can seem laughable to observers who cannot see the pain which underlies the behavior; mania is the comedy. Depression is, of course, the tragedy. But, here too, outsiders cannot fathom the depths of pain masked as simple sadness.
In the symbol above, I have combined the yin-yang symbol of balanced and symbiotic opposites with the theatrical masks of comedy and tragedy in an attempt to capture my thoughts on Bipolar Disorder. Of course, if bipolars could find balance, we wouldn't be bipolar.