Thassa me... that was the diagnosis, but nothing pharmacological helped
It really is an aphrodisiac for recruiters.
> Often the condition turns up in adolescence, and may worsen
Which, on my accellerated schedule, should be any day now.
> deal maker who brought home gay
> men and held them prisoner for torture sessions -- all the while,
> according to one of his alleged victims, musing "I don't know why I
> have to do this."
At least my worst other-directed symptom of grandiosity is FoRK!
> Now the most interesting question: Many corporate maniacs later
> attribute their brilliant careers to their mental illness, but are
> they right? .... Later he was
> quoted saying his manic-depression was "the only reason I've been
DAMN STRAIGHT! It's why I deeply suspect satisfied people :-)
> And even those who put themselves under a doctor's care often choose
> to go off their medication when facing an important deal or deadline,
> believing their illness gives them a creative boost.
Well, look, let's do the induction: 1) I am uniquely succesful 2) I am
3) that which makes me crazy makes me succeed. For bonus points, extend the
chain to 4) that which makes me normal makes me worthless.
> But back to the question: Is this the price of success? Not according
> to Dr. Speller, who says his patients succeed despite their
> illnesses. They happen to be very bright, which allows them to muddle
> through despite mood swings and attention deficit problems, which are
> oftenassociated with bipolar II.
Absolutely. Being smart enough to always slide by is a curse, not a
though at any given point I loathe failing enough to slide by.
> "Get these guys on a little lithium
> for bipolar, a little Prozac for depression and attention deficit
> disorder," hesays, and they discover they can get "twice as much done
> in half the time."
Haven't found me a cocktail yet, and not so interested yet, really. Keep
running into very unsympathetic docs. That can be cured by $$$, though --
I tipped off a fairly successful person to ADD and he got the diagnosis he
expected within days -- by bypassing the company health plan.
> That may smack too much of using medication to optimize performance,
> but even practitioners of talk therapy agree that neurotic conditions
> are pure disability, no help to achieving a successful career.
No, neurosis can the spice of life -- at this point, I simply wouldn't
normal. I've grown so far past the point where retreat was an option. Now
only direction is onward, to the towering foibles of some of the subjects
> Nathan Kline, discoverer of lithium, liked to tell the story abouthow
> he once cured a notoriously "crazy" African village chief, only to
> havethe village fall apart. "Fortunately," Dr. Kline added, "he got
> crazy again."
We can't all be chiefs, some of us have to be Indians...