As someone who is affected by bipolar disorder or something similar (I am not quite sure; I have been diagnosed with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder), I greatly appreciate your bringing it to Lit readers and writers. I wonder if many of us who frequent Lit and other porn sites get "relief" in a very different way than imagined by visiting these sites. They are part of my daily routine and momentarily lift me from the doldrums of everyday life, which often is a series of disappointments. I also am glad that the "high" pole is not all it seems to be. People on manic highs spend money, often money they don't have, get intensely interested in routine things, make fools of themselves intentionally, and wonder why people don't like them. Thank you for helping me realize that I am not alone.
This was well done. I like that you broke this down in elementary form. Some would have filled this with a lot of psych jargon that the uninitiated might not understand. It makes sense that you would presnt this in a basic fashion that leaves the reader comfortable with asking questions. You also managed to make bipolar disorder seem less intimidating than is typically purported. Please continue to write. You have an excellent voice that needs to be heard.
No such thing as a normal person everybody has mood swings .I have spent years dealing with criminals from all walks of life,they would do well to read this excellent essay,especially those that plead mental problems as a defence.
I have a friend who recently told me about their bi-polar syndrome. Your article helped my understanding.
ITS ALL IN THE MIND????? There will be many that latch onto this because they want some sort of help to cope with life. Pick up a bible ,all the help is there if you really want it. Koran or other beliefs will do . Author you are so bad for exploiting the misery that many suffer
Thank you for submitting this. I am currently in the midst of a crash course in bipolar and this piece was helpful. I really thought the ending was particularly clever.
"ITS ALL IN THE MIND????? There will be many that latch onto this because they want some sort of help to cope with life. Pick up a bible ,all the help is there if you really want it. Koran or other beliefs will do . Author you are so bad for exploiting the misery that many suffer"
This is the kind of ignorance that many people with bipolar disorder face. While I encourage spiritual health, bipolar disorder is a MEDICAL ILLNESS not a spiritual problem. You wouldn't chastise someone with diabetes or heart disease and tell them they need to pick up a Bible. That's absurd! I'm definitely not exploiting the misery of others. I have bipolar disorder myself. I understand what it's like to live with the disorder. If I have helped one person trying to deal with it, I have done my job.
I have never read so much crap in my life ,go away author you are a menace. Those that really suffer from mental problems;1 stop reading porn.2 read something positive not this sort of thing. 3 Set yourself realistic targets. Finally ask for help from those that really know what they are doing.
I am sorry about that author but even today in this manic world if we only stand back and look at what we are doing[the world will not let us do that and the very machine I am using to say this to you is the number one culprit]. I want all you that think you have this illness to stop using your computor for 90 days and every time you feel disturbed go and do something that costs nothing. Lets see shall we and may whatever god ,higher power or what you believe in help you.
As we can see from the plonkers that rated this so low there are so many people with no compassion and it is them who should be pitied as in my opinion they are lesser people for it. Good for you Lady mark them down to experience and move on for they are not worth remembering
comments. read it and enjoy pissing off the Ass!~
This article is only helpful for those afflicted, or close to them that are. If you have it, or live with someone that does, then you understand that the author knows about which they write. My wife of 27 years has just recently been diagnosed, although WE'VE suffered with it for about 20 of those years. If you're lucky enough not to know this affliction first hand, your ignorance won't allow you to understand...
Dear Lady:My sympathies for your plight. I found your essay interesting and informative. I found curious two comments posted in response to your words. Both of your detractors have exhibited a profound lack of understanding and knowledge regarding Bipolar Disorder. Instead they shed much light upon their considerable amount of ignorance and paucity of empathy.While I have not had any first hand experience with this affliction, I do have a son who has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If only I had known that a simple scanning of the Bible would have "cured" him. Apparently, with a mere browsing of said book, my wife and I, along with our son, would not have needlessly experienced the difficulties that this disorder presented to us.To that particularly knowledgeable individual who considers the resolution for this particular condition (and I'm sure any other such difficulties) just a case of 'mind over matter,' I invite him, using that method, to elevate an elephant. Surely his being such a proponent of this approach as a cure for this illness, he would find this challenge to be no great feat.
This article isn't bad, per se. But, since there's no new information and it doesn't address the problem with a new information or a fresh approach, its value is extremely limited. Its very blandness earns it a very bland 50.
What is amazing about this article is that it seems to attract illiterates who are trying to police all the commentary on the site. "Bi-polor is better than ass w/o a anme's retarded..." is one of the least literate and less intelligent of them, but there are others. I guess there are some folks who just can't stand to hear an opinion that doesn't fit into their own concept. That's so sad when you think about it. :(
I was slightly disappointed by the fact that you did not offer much in the way of suggestions for giving positive support to someone who is suffering from this disease. Also that you did not comment on the problems associated with the meds that are supposed to reduce the problem, but I feel that the reaction of one person who feels that there is no such thing as mental-medical problems more than justifies the present treatment in the article as being useful!
Anonymous:Good luck with your aspiration to be selected room monitor. I fail to see how your remarks regarding the posts of others differ from theirs. The rights to their opinions are no less worthy than those for yours.While you may be versed enough on Bipolar Disorder that this article represented nothing new for you, it's apparent that two folks commenting here possess little or no knowledge. While I agree with you regarding the merit of a particular comment to which you alluded, I find no less ridiculous the suggestion that reading the bible will ameliorate the effects of Bipolar Disorder. Equally absurd is the statement that those so afflicted should not access a site such as this. And it must be common knowledge that never should persons diagnosed as having this illness seek to inform themselves of their condition. Perhaps the person suggesting the latter can refer all of us to materials that detail the advantages of this affliction.I don't believe this writer meant to infer that she was blazing any new trails with her article. I believe that she intended to convey basic information. And she did that very well.
My thanks to the author for a well-written and thoughtful essay on bipolar disorder. As someone who has looked chronic depression (classic Type A if you want to know) in the eye and beaten the demon, I have to laugh out loud at the idiots who proclaim, "It's all in your head. If you'd just get right with God, you'd stop being crazy in the head." For these heretofore undiscovered geniuses of medical knowledge, here's a heads-up: mental illness is caused by defects in a person's neurochemistry. There are physical, demonstrable, scientifically-provable chemical reasons why someone suffers from chronic depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and so forth. The notion that "it's all in yer hed" merely shows that you are ignorant and uninformed. If you had any sense of shame, you would shut your mouth now before you make a bigger ass out of yourself than you already have.
I had the good fortune of being treated for my condition by one of the pioneers of physiopsychology in the United States. His research in the root causes of chronic depression enabled him to create an effective treatment regimen for me. I live a good life now and monitor my mental health, secure and confident that the affliction from which I once suffered will not return to trouble me again. And I didn't need voodoo, the Bible or any other mysticism to find an effective treatment.
The sad part is that the uninformed and the ignorant still refuse to educate themselves about the underlying causes of mental illness. I can only suppose that they derive smug satisfaction in ridiculing that which they do not understand. Their self-importance makes them unworthy of anything but our pity.
Thank you, LadynStFreknBed, for this submission.
I do not care for the the two negative comments,it sounds to me as of they have somehow[one in particular]found some sort of relief from this terrible illness by joining some sort of church .Many clergy are well trained to deal with people with mental problems. I have first hand experience of acute depression so bad that I considered suicide I was treated by a very good therapist and doctor.[I thought Ihad this illness] Now I live a more or less normal life. A friends wife was being treated by some of the best doctors I know for bipolar but sadly commited suicide. If your essay helps just one then that by my book makes it very worthwhile .It has helped me for a start,making me remember the state I was in.
I think the first person who mentioned the bible ought to be pitied,they seem to be saying something it makes me wonder whether somone or organisation has somehow got at them[there are plenty of charlatans about] The second one seems more balanced they at least are suggesting seeking proper help. Author I have seen Bipolar in action,it is as you know a mystery to many and carries the stigma of mental illness. Everyone can see a broken leg or a deformity,sadly few realise that the brain is also a part of the body and can have deformities as well. Thanks for writing this maybe many will take notice and change their attitude when it comes to dealing with people that are mentally ill.
Speaking from inside the illness, it really is a tight rope and, for me, a race to get my life in order between either pole. I was trying to discribe what was going on in my mind, to my mother of all people, and came up with this: it is like ADHD on steroids and speed. I prefer life with my chemical am and pm cocktails.
Your essay is well written and thought out. I would add 1 additional piece of advise: write everything down. Carry a planner and write down the appointments. Write down the dates with the plumber and your children. I have found that if it isn't written down and right in front of me, I have forgotten it and very quickly.
Having been diagnosed with BPD within the last year, although having suffered with it for more than 20 years prior to that, I found your approach to educating others about the disorder well done.
Thanks for helping the general public know that this disorder is managable and living with BPD is possible; and living a full, healthy life at that.
Regards - Syren
Thank you so much, I have been so ashamed of being diagnosed as Bi-Polar. Your article is very enlightening, and supportive...
Thank you for your insight. Being both married and a pub owner is difficult for me so often when trying to deal with my disorder as i'm constantly in the public eye and everyone asks 'what's my problem' yet having to be everyone elses priest, mentor, confidente,judge and jury puts me in a very isolated place. I'd not made the connection with routine and creativity so thank you for your help x
I'm beginning counselling for my BDP next week. I was diagnosed when I was fifteen, but started showing symptoms at age eleven. It was such a struggle during those years, the episodes were traumatic in and of themselves.
I have/had a real problem with the "high" of bipolarism. I find it more addictive than any drug there is. The problem is the low, almost killed me and half my family. Get treatment asap!
This was a wave of emotions for me as I was reading. It was really validating when I read the being a bipolar parent. Someone truely understands the daily grind of living bipolar. I have read many informational writings over the last 12 years and honestly this was one of the best. As a person with bipolar you automatically know if the person writing really knows what the hell they are talking about. And the media is savage when it comes to bipolar. Someone exercises their homicidal tendencies and the media starts in with the bipolar. It so pisses me off. I would love to see more from you about bipolar. dual diagnosis and multi- diagnosis is more areas that need to be addressed. Bi-polar, Fibromyalgia Myofascial Complex , Diabetes(insulin dependant) and OCD, all together are a trip to say the least and brings the bipolar to rapid cycling at any given moment. I do know that even with my buffet of disorders that treating and managing the bi-polar is foundational if.not everything goes crazy for me mentally and physically. Having a loveing and supportive husband is the ground with which I build the foundation. I love you baby- I know you will see this, thank you for sending it, Love ya.
And to the author, thanks for caring enough to take the time to write this. Maybe we should create a "WELCOME TO BI-POLAR, THE CRAZY FUN DISORDER" Pamplet- this would be the first article!! LOL
I have one part of me I only show at work and another to people who know me. At home I am the lady next door who no one knows. But because I were scrubs I do get the knock on the door when some kid scrape there knee or some one has a medcal question. I keep to myself because I never know what part of me will come out. This story / information was very helpful.
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