Probably not bi-polar, just fucking nuts....
Some interesting research has come down the pipe regarding bi-polar and high-acheivement. According to a study by King's College psychologists found that there appears to be two sorts of bi-polar, and over-achievers and the very bright are far more likely to suffer from the disorder than do those in the median of intellect and/or achievement levels:
The findings of a link between the disorder and academic and intellectual performance may explain the association between genius and mania that has long been thought to exist. People with bipolar disorder who are in a manic phase can have exaggerated emotional responses and can be witty, inventive and have high cognitive capabilities. They are also capable of sustained concentration and have high stamina, and so can achieve much more than people without the disorder.
Probably bi-polar AND fucking nuts...
How this study played out, according to the researchers is that
The national cohort study was carried out by scientists from King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The team, led by King’s College senior lecturer in psychiatric epidemiology, Dr James MacCabe, studied the final exam results of all 15-16-year-old pupils attending High Schools in Sweden from 1988 to 1997, and compared them to hospital records of bipolar disorder admissions of patients between the ages of 17 and 31.
They found those with A-grade results were almost four times more likely to be admitted for the condition than average students, even after the findings were controlled for income and education level of the parents. The link was stronger in males than females.
BUT. IT FEELS SO FUCKING GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!
Having had a few instances of --ahem-- increased productivity, Newton's ole' first law does come back to bite you in the ass: Like great cocaine, mind-blowing orgasms, winning the lottery, whatever...the piper always comes around for his pay...Always.
During their elation (manic) periods they may have insomnia, restlessness, racing thoughts, and may have an over-inflated self-esteem. In the depressed stages they may be suicidal. Around 1% of the population suffers from bipolar disorder.
Kill me now, fuckers. Do it! Do it!
So, all in all, probably better off to be in the 99% that doesn't suffer from the intense highs and gravity-defying depths...Then again, not as though it can be helped. Besides, psychotic people certainly make the world more interesting, wouldn't you agree?