The Pet Scan above shows that the brain of a person with Bipolar Disorder is lit up like a Christmas tree.
Having suffered with BD for 43 years, and having lived in relative peaceful coexistence with it for the last 8, I am not the least bit surprised by the disparity between a healthy brain and one afflicted with Bipolar Disorder.
Before I entered solid recovery 8 years ago, racing thoughts, obsessive thinking, ruminations, acting on impulse, grandiosity, anxiety, and distorted thinking were frequent companions, leading me to self-medicate to slow or still my overactive brain that was torturing me.
There were, of course, also periods of clinical depression and suicidality.
Finally, the pain became so unbearable that it brought me to my knees and into recovery.