National Institutes of Health

Transcript of original artwork for Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

[Top panel]

[Text in a book] B. During the period of mood disturbance, three of the following symptoms have persisted and been present to a significant degree: (1) inflated self-esteem or grandiosity

[Text in thought square] I had to admit that one

[Vignette of two women at a party] I’d had a sudden realization not long before out of nowhere: If I was at a party, + Madonna was there, I wouldn’t be intimidated at all!! (Why Madonna? I don’t know!)

[Center panel]

[Text in book] (2) decreased need for sleep (e.g. feels rested after only three hours of sleep)

[Text in thought square] True, well, more like four hours…

[Text in vignette of woman in bathtub]…Though I hadn’t really seen it as a problem.

Another day in a full + beautiful life!

[Bottom panel]

[Text in book] (3) more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking.

[Text in thought square] I’d noticed this.

[Woman talking in vignette] I love hostessing. I always keep my liquor cabinet stocked…and some pot…but not a pot of chicken stock! Ha! Why do you think “chicken” means cowardly?

[Man talking] Um, I think…

[Woman interjects] Like, why not “bunny”? Verb: he totally bunnied out!!! Ha! Let’s start saying that!!!