Speaking as a card carrying DSM diagnosed Bipolar I, I was thinking it would be handy if we had a way of identifying each other when out there in the world. I mean - seriously, haven't you been somewhere like at church or work and thought you recognized a fellow beeper but weren't sure and didn't want to out that person before they wanted to be out? If we had a secret handshake we could communicate and not let the others know who we were until we were ready.
We could even have levels of handshakes to indicate just how bipolar we are. For instance, in my case, I could make a spinning gesture with my right index finger beside my head and then tap both temples repeatedly with both fingers while making a zzzzttttt sound indicating I have had both inpatient hospitalization and ECT.
This way we could make it easy to form congenial conversation groups at cocktail parties.
What about you? What would be the "secret handshake" or gesture for your flavor of BP? Leave a comment!