SnapDash, the bear, has just been diagnosed as “BiPolar.”

Here is one definition of what that means:

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which a person has periods of depression and periods of being extremely happy or being cross or irritable.

– US National Library of Medicine

SnapDash is a little scared, because this is a condition that evidently one deals with for the rest of their lives. At the same time, SnapDash is hopeful and relieved, because it explains a lot of the mood swings he has wrestled with for most of his life. Most of the time, SnapDash is a successful, high performing professional. But some days, some weeks, life seems pretty overwhelming. And all he feels like doing is hibernating for a very very long time.

So this is his journal. He heard it was important to know how often and when the ups and downs happened. Its also just a real account of one creature struggling to understand and handle his condition.

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