For those who missed the first episode of “American Idol” for bipolar bloggers, let me just say that I was prompted to do a singing sequel to “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” Unfortunately (for you) my voice has deteriorated even further. I could barely get through the edits of this, because the noise was so painful, especially as a highly sensitive person. Alas, I HOPE to win the humor competition with this one … To read more Beyond Blue, go to http://blog.beliefnet.com/beyondblue, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click here.

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