There are several states where a person has lost touch with their story in life. One can feel empty, not have direction, and have difficulty accessing normal emotions of anger, frustration, desire, mischief, sexuality, and drive.
Of course, many bipolar medications inhibit the ability to have a life story going on. Those with years of experience on antipsychotics are happy just sitting around. They don’t know the life they’ve lost nor do they know what exists out in the greater world for them.
Psychiatrists have been greatly to blame for this problem in bipolar patients. It seems to have a patient come in zonked on meds, and empty life, and a empty smile seems to be the best patient. They are just less trouble, “messy”. Wake up psychiatrists: to have emptiness is as much a loss of life as is mania and mood swings.
Do you have these in your life:
driven for the future
knowing your purpose
knowing your story in life
wanting to learn and explore
The loss of story and resultant emptiness can be caused by meds, ongoing depression, a unipolar depressive pattern, ptsd and more. But, a person can also just give up on life and resign. Guilt, fear, and shame often are underneath this choice.
Alexithymia is defined by:
- difficulty identifying feelings and distinguishing between feelings and the bodily sensations of emotional arousal
- difficulty describing feelings to other people
- constricted imaginal processes, as evidenced by a scarcity of fantasies
- a stimulus-bound, externally oriented cognitive style.
We refer to alexithymia in our books on Soft Bipolar Disorder. Would you like more information on Alexithymia, comment below.