As a new venturer into the computer/word processing field it strikes me that there is a parallel between dealing with a mood disorder and working on a document.
When writing a really good piece on a computer, if you're cautious you'll take care to 'save' that document as you go along.
As a manic/depressive I keep consciously pushing the 'save' key to try to safe guard the good stuff I've established up to then. The 'new document' I'm getting cooking on -- having a long good stretch -- being creative, productive, making new connections, new initiatives, a new positive identity -- could be so easily lost and take so much time and energy to reconstruct.
Keep hitting the save key! Keep track of that good stuff! Proceed with caution!
Bruce Saunders, 18 Feb 1995