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My Father and His Mood Disorder: Telling the Dancer From the Dance

Having a mood disorder can feel a lot like being “possessed.” Biblical narratives (i.e. the Gadarene demoniacs) connect possession to mental illness. Indeed, when a person is taken up by the storms of chaos occurring in mental chemistry, it would seem that they are taken over by a force outside of their control. A “demon” (albeit metaphorical or (meta)physical) enters the soul and directs it like a puppeteer a string puppet. For those who have a familial relationship or connection to the one affected, the hardest part can be parsing the person from the illness.

My father would fluctuate in his moods as mercurially as the weather in Scotland. It was hard to understand who he really was outside of the disorder like it would be hard to tell

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