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When Bipolar Disorder Leaves You Seeking Validation

“When the Jester sang for the King and Queen In a coat, he borrowed from James Dean And a voice that came from you and me And while the King was looking down The Jester stole his thorny crown.”

You could listen to the words of “American Pie” by Don McLean and easily attribute it to “the day the music died,” that fateful February 3, 1959 when rock and roll lost three icons: Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and J.P. Richardson, three young men whose songs of love, adventure and loss made them instant stars, whose lights burnt out far too soon.

If you listen deeper in the song, it’s Don McLean telling us about sadness and despair, something that is no great surprise to people with bipolar disorder. Listen closely to the second half of the first

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