In today's post for BP Magazine's Bipolar Blog I talk about how remembering the needs of others, even when going through my worst bouts of mania and depression, helped me stay anchored to reality and not the world of negativity in my head. I wrote: "(W)hen my Bipolar Disorder became dramatically worse in my 20s, the world that began and ended inside myself returned. Only instead of the self-centeredness of a child, I had the hyper-focus of someone so in love and in hate with themselves. I could build up and destroy myself all within the same hour with the thoughts in my head, all consuming thoughts that devoured me until all I could see was, 'I'm happy. I'm sad. I hurt. I vent. I have feelings. I need someone to pay attention.'"