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You and Me

By Debbie Sesula

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If you're overly excited
You're happy
If I'm overly excited
I'm manic.

If you imagine the phone ringing
You're stressed out
If I imagine the phone ringing
I'm psychotic.

If you're crying and sleeping all day
You're sad and need time out
If I'm crying and sleeping all day
I'm depressed and need to get up.

If you're afraid to leave your house at night
You're cautious
If I'm afraid to leave my house at night
I'm paranoid.

If you speak your mind and express your opinions
You're assertive
If I speak my mind and express my opinions
I'm aggressive.

If you don't like something and mention it
You're being honest
If I don't like something and mention it
I'm being difficult.

If you get angry
You're considered upset
If I get angry
I'm considered dangerous.

If you over-react to something
You're sensitive
If I over-react to something
I'm out of control.

If you don't want to be around others
You're taking care of yourself and relaxing
If I don't want to be around others
I'm isolating myself and avoiding.

If you talk to strangers
You're being friendly
If I talk to strangers
I'm being inappropriate.

For all of the above you're not told to take a
pill or are hospitalized, but I am!