Bipolar disorder has boggled the minds of scientists and researchers since the second century, when it was first recognized as some type of a mental illness (although not called bipolar disorder back then).  The old church was quick to recognize mental illness, however, calling people with mental disorders "witches," or accusing them of "entertaining demons."

 

In the '70s, a comedian named Flip Wilson coined the statement, "The devil made me do it."  However, those with bipolar disorder who have questioned, "Do I have demons in me?" would not think the statement so funny.

 

Recognizing that the major characteristic of bipolar disorder is the extreme mood swings from mania (high highs) to depression (low lows), and the sometimes rapid switch between these two extremes, you might question sometimes if you really might have demons in you.

 

Wrestling with inner turmoil during horrible depressions and emotional pain to the depths that you feel so helpless and hopeless and actually have suicidal thoughts – you could consider that you might have demons.

 

Going days without sleep as if you were running on some unforeseen battery, having delusional thoughts and seeing or hearing things that aren't there – these are some of the things that someone in a bipolar manic episode might experience.  Frightened to the point where they might consider that they have demons, no doubt.

 

These behaviors are not normal.  You will find no argument there.  However, to consider these thoughts and actions as demonic possession is ludicrous.  No, they are not normal for someone without bipolar disorder, but they are characteristic behaviors for someone who has bipolar disorder.

 

Yet if you are a Christian who has bipolar disorder, you may find yourself with quite a dilemma on your hands.  Do you, indeed have demons in you?

 

You may go to your religious leader in hopes of encouragement, and then be accused of entertaining "familiar spirits" (demons) instead.  Then he might try to cast out demons from you that don’t even exist!

 

You have a mood disorder – a chemical imbalance of the brain, much like a diabetic has a sugar imbalance of the body.  Would your religious leader try to cast out demons from a diabetic?

 

You may have conflicting feelings, but these are normal for someone with bipolar disorder, and can be controlled with medication and therapy.  This does not, however, mean that you have demons in you.