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Elise Seyfried

Bio: Elise Seyfried is the author of three books of humorous spiritual essays, and numerous freelance articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Guideposts magazine, Metropolis and many other publications. She is also a church worker, playwright, lyricist, actress, mom of five and new grandma. Elise's website: eliseseyfried.com. She blogs at: eliseseyfried.blogspot.com.

In Discovery With Bipolar Disorder

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“How was the class trip to the aquarium?” asked my husband Steve at dinner that night. “The bus ride was crappy, with all the loudmouthed kids screaming their freaking heads off,” I replied, casually. “But when we got to Baltimore it was better. I was in a small group with one of the dads, and at least he kept his goddamned mouth shut.”

I still remember the variety of reactions around the table. Julie, my fifth grader, who had actually been there with me, looked scared. High schooler PJ barely glanced up from his plate. Our Swiss exchange student, Maurus, looked puzzled. (A lot of things about the US puzzled him. Maybe he thought all American moms swore like sailors.) Steve looked sad, and resigned. Throughout the rest of the meal, my frequent comments were shot through with profanity and negativity—in other words, the new normal for me. (more…)