Do Not Dismiss Bipolars Abilities to Be Somebody
Comment Written by Jennifer Kiley
The Secret Keeper
Bipolar Is Awesome
The following comment is in responses to an article I read on PsychCentral that I found condescending.
Here is my comment:
I think you are underestimating the power of healing someone with bipolar can achieve through many methods. Getting off all of the medications that were suppose to make me feel more sane didn’t work. They made me feel worse. I am off of all psych meds and instead I am working with Tom Wootten who wrote Bipolar In Order. Through meditations and getting healthy and working through my depressions, I am finding that I am more creative and the highs are more under control.
I am not saying it is easy but I would rather be med free and have a clear mind then drugged out and thought to be a misfit mentally disordered person that you describe Bipolars as being. Bipolar is not something one should stigmatize. It is something to be proud of. Churchill was a great leader and Bipolar. Please tell me any leader that does not need help in a crisis. They don’t need to be bipolar to need assistance. It is something the job calls for.
I am a creative polymath who would be broken if I were still taking my psych meds. I call that time my dry period. Why is it that you want Bipolars to be automatons rather than productive in their lives. And if someone wants to be a leader, it should not be denied them because of Bipolar. I don’t see it as a disorder. The Mental Health field and you see it that way. Yes, everyone is different in degrees. We all need help in our lives on different levels. But do not disparage bipolars with such limitations.
Bipolar has created some of the most amazing artists of all times. The energy that bipolars find is like a high without the need of drugs. It is a profound feeling inside to create a painting, a poem, a novel or whatever it is one wants to do with our lives.
Please do not dismiss us in such a calvalier way. We are people not a disorder. And we cannot be categorized. Depression may be part of our lives and it can be a dangerous state to be in but all of life has its dangers. DO not stigmatize me or anyone else that you call Bipolar with your general information and studies. Bipolars can blow anyone off the wall with their abilities. So don’t underestimate what we are capable of doing.
Article Link That I Am Responding To Titled: “Bipolar Disorder: A First Rate Madness
Comment Page For This Article. Responders Were Not Too Pleased With This Person’s Article:
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