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Last night on another thread a person spoke with disdain about a poster who apparently disclosed that he is bipolar. Well, it was a rough day yesterday, and I just didn't have the energy to deal with the post. However, I have decided not to derail the thread it was posted in, but rather to give some correction in a separate thread. I am aware it will draw the usual trolls, but when it does, I respectfully ask staff to deal with them.

@ Intense

I have worked with the mentally ill for 25 years. My favorite group to work with is the bipolars. Studies have shown that group to be of higher intellect and greater creativity than most. There is a book by Kay Jamieson called Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. I highly recommend it to anyone who would claim otherwise. It's a good read, and you might learn something.

Many very accomplished people have been bipolar:

Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, writer, and filmmaker [1]
Rigoberto Alpizar, fatally shot by United States federal air marshals after exclaiming that he had a bomb onboard a plane.[2]
Sophie Anderton, British model.[3]
Adam Ant, British musician.[4]
Emilie Autumn, American musician.[5]

B[edit]
Maria Bamford, American comedian.[6]
Andy Behrman, author of the book Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania.[7][8]
Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with Spin magazine in 2006.[9]
Maurice Benard, actor. He has discussed his diagnosis with Oprah Winfrey, and has since become active in promoting bipolar awareness.[10]
Mary Kay Bergman, voice actress[11]
Ludwig Boltzmann, physicist and mathematician. He "suffered from an alternation of depressed moods with elevated, expansive or irritable moods." [12]
Adrian Borland, British musician.[13]
Russell Brand, comedian and actor. "In a low-key admission at the end of the book, he says he was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder – manic depression – after he kicked the drugs for good in 2002 which goes some way to explaining his almost superhuman indifference to the chaos and catastrophe that almost lead [sic] him to obscurity."[14]
Andrea Breth, German stage-director.[15]
Jeremy Brett, actor.[16]
Katherine Brooks, director/writer/filmmaker. "I don’t believe Bipolar holds me back as a person or a filmmaker. I actually believe it makes everything I do have more meaning, passion, and purpose. I’m thankful to be this way … thankful to be born Bipolar."[17]
Brotha Lynch Hung, American rapper. He has discussed his diagnosis in various songs and interviews.[18]
Frank Bruno, boxer; was hospitalized for a short period and as of 2005 is on lithium.[19][20][21]
Barney Bubbles, graphic designer.[22][23]
George Gordon, Lord Byron, English poet, writer, and adventurer.[24][25]

C[edit]
Robert Calvert, musician, poet, playwright, author and former Hawkwind frontman.[26][27]
Alastair Campbell, press advisor.[28][29]
Georg Cantor, mathematician. Cantor's recurring bouts of depression from 1884 to the end of his life were once blamed on the hostile attitude of many of his contemporaries,[30] but these bouts can now be seen as probable manifestations of bipolar disorder.[31]
Quincy Carter, American football player.[32]
Dick Cavett, television journalist. "CAVETT: Both in hypomanic, which I have had, and incidentally, one has to admit many patients say I am cured now, I am fine. But I must say I miss those hypomanic states. They are better off where they are."[33]
Eason Chan, Chinese popular music singer.[34]
Iris Chang, historian and journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.[35]
John Clare, poet.[36][37]
Kurt Cobain, musician. His cousin, Beverly Cobain, a "registered nurse (…) [with] experience as a mental health professional" and author of a book, When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens ISBN 1-57542-036-8, stated in an interview: "Kurt was diagnosed at a young age with Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD], then later with bipolar disorder; (…) As Kurt undoubtedly knew, bipolar illness can be very difficult to manage, and the correct diagnosis is crucial. Unfortunately for Kurt, compliance with the appropriate treatment is also a critical factor."[38]
Neil Cole, former Australian Labor party politician. "Associate Professor Cole was the first politician in Australia or overseas to admit to having a mental illness, namely bipolar mood disorder."[39]
Rosemary Clooney, singer and actress.[40]
Patricia Cornwell, American crime writer.[41][42]
Robert S. Corrington, theologist. In his book Riding the Windhorse: Manic-Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness[43] he gives a personal account of his own struggles with the condition.
Michael Costa, former Australian Labor party politician and Treasurer of NSW. "Mr Costa said a number of state parliamentary colleagues approached him about their mental health problems after he publicly revealed his battle with bipolar disorder in 2001."[44]
Vincent Crane, keyboard player of Atomic Rooster.[45]

D[edit]
Ray Davies, musician: is openly bipolar; also see his autobiography, X-Ray.
Disco D, record producer and composer. On returning to the United States from his 2005 Australian trek, Shayman went public about his struggle with bipolar disorder.[46]
DMX (rapper), has spoken openly about his manic depression.[47]
Mike Doughty, musician. First described himself diagnosed as bipolar in 2007 on his blog.[48]
Charmaine Dragun, former Australian journalist/newsreader. Misdiagnosed with depression. Inquest concluded she had bipolar II disorder.[49]
Richard Dreyfuss, actor, BBC Documentary.[50]
Patty Duke, actress.[51]

E[edit]
Edward Elgar, an English composer, many of whose works such as the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches have achieved enduring popularity.[52]
Florbela Espanca, Portuguese poet.[53]

F[edit]
Carrie Fisher, actress and writer.[50][54]
Helen Flanagan, English television actress and model .[55]
Tom Fletcher, English singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist McFly. admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder. He has also described his struggles with his weight and obsessive dieting [56][57][58][59][60]
Ellen Forney, comics artist and creator of Marbles: Madness, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me[61]
Larry Flynt, publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP).[62]
Connie Francis, singer.[63]
Stephen Fry, actor, comedian and writer. Fry was the center of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in which he openly shares his experiences of living with the disorder and interviews a number of celebrities who suffer from it as well.[50]
Mary Kay Fualaau, American schoolteacher who had sexual intercourse with 13 year old student.[64]
Justin Furstenfeld, Lead singer of the band Blue October.[65]

G[edit]
Alan Garner, novelist. According to the Guardian, "In The Voice that Thunders (Harvill), a collection of critical and autobiographical essays, Garner casts light on his writing and thinking, and the role that manic depression plays in his creativity".[66][67]
Paul Gascoigne, English footballer. "His second book, released this year, centres on his therapy - for alcoholism, eating disorders, OCD, and bipolar disorder, among others."[68]
Mel Gibson, actor and director.[69]
Matthew Good, Canadian musician. He first disclosed his illness in a personal blog. It was during the writing and recording of Hospital Music that he suffered one of his worst episodes.[70]
Philip Graham, publisher and businessman. "It had finally penetrated to me that Phil's diagnosis was manic-depression…" Katharine Graham (1997), Personal History, p. 328; Knopf, 1997, ISBN 0-394-58585-2 (book has numerous other references).
Macy Gray, musician and actor. As documented in an interview with Saul Williams.[71][72]
Graham Greene, English novelist.[73] Extract from Graham Greene: A Life in Letters: "Greene was managing the impulses of bipolar illness, involving mood swings from elation, expansiveness or irritability to despair and would quickly be guilty of repeated infidelities."
Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet.[74]

H[edit]
Beth Hart, Singer, songwriter, musician, painter.[75]
Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials.[76]
Linda Hamilton, actress. Star of the Terminator movies. Was diagnosed at the age of 40.[77]
Paula Hamilton, English model diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006. [78]
Robert Hansen, serial killer.[79]
Mariette Hartley, American actress, has publicly spoken about her bipolar disorder.[80]
Jonathan Hay, Australian rules footballer[81]
Ernest Hemingway, writer [82][83]
Kristin Hersh, musician, of rock band Throwing Muses, has spoken about her bipolar disorder.[84]
Abbie Hoffman, political activist: "Abbie was diagnosed in 1980 as having bipolar disorder, more commonly known as manic depression." [85]
Marya Hornbacher, writer. Hornbacher wrote Madness, a memoir of her struggle with bipolar disorder, after writing Wasted, which detailed her eating disorder.

I[edit]
Jack Irons, drummer, formerly of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.[86]

J[edit]
Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician and son of civil rights pioneer.[87]
Kay Redfield Jamison, clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who profiled her own bipolar disorder in her 1995 memoir An Unquiet Mind and argued for a connection between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity in her 1993 book, Touched with Fire.
Daniel Johnston, musician: "Johnston's output in his late teens and early 20s proved to be a symptom of his worsening manic depression." The Guardian Unlimited, Saturday August 20, 2005: "Personal demons", review of film, The Devil and Daniel Johnston:[88]
Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league player. Publicly announced his condition following retirement.[89]
Lee Joon, Korean actor and musician [90]
Chris Joseph, author of Manicdotes: There's Madness in His Method.[91]

K[edit]
Krizz Kaliko, American hip hop musician.[92]
Chris Kanyon American professional wrestler.[93]
Kerry Katona, English television presenter, writer, magazine columnist and former pop singer with girl band Atomic Kitten. BBC.[94]
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[95]
Otto Klemperer, conductor.[96]
Margot Kidder, actress — self-described.[97]
Patrick Kroupa, writer and hacker, has been very open about his drug use and mental health issues, after his last heroin detox in 1999. He mentions bipolar disorder openly in several interviews.[98][99][100]

L[edit]
Debra LaFave, schoolteacher who had sexual relations with minor student.[101]
Vivien Leigh, actress, most famous for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in David O. Selznick's movie "Gone With The Wind".[102]
Jenifer Lewis, American actress, spoke about her diagnosis on Oprah in September 2007.[103]
Bill Lichtenstein, print and broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker, profiled in Time magazine, October 10, 1994.[104]
Demi Lovato, American actress, singer and writer, revealed her illness in April 2011 in an interview with People magazine.[105][106]

M[edit]
Tina Malone, British television actress, writer, director and producer. Brookside Shameless diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar disorder in 1998.[107][108]
Arthur McIntyre, Australian artist.[109]
Kristy McNichol, actress. The former child star and teen idol left the show Empty Nest due to her battle with the depression. McNichol later returned to the show for a few episodes during the series' last season.[110][111][112][113]
Burgess Meredith, actor; with cyclothymia (milder bipolar disorder).[114]
Eric Millegan, actor, played Zack Addy on Bones. In 2009, Millegan released a YouTube video of how being bipolar affects his life. He has rapid-cycling bipolar disorder.
Kate Millett, author, The Loony-Bin Trip (1990) discusses her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, describing experiences with hospitalization and her decision to discontinue lithium therapy.
Spike Milligan, comedian.[115]
Ben Moody, musician. The former guitarist from Evanescence.[116]
Seaneen Molloy, Northern Irish blogger.[117]
Marilyn Monroe, American Actress.[118]
Moses, the reputed author of the Biblical Pentateuch (speculated bipolar or schizophrenia).[119]
John A. Mulheren, American financier, stock and option trader and philanthropist.[120]
Edvard Munch, artist.[121]
Robert Munsch, author.[122]

N[edit]
Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher.[123]
Florence Nightingale, nurse and health campaigner. BPW "Florence heard voices and experienced a number of severe depressive episodes in her teens and early 20s - symptoms consistent with the onset of bipolar disorder", Dr. Kathy Wisner, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.[124]
Kim Novak, actress: During an interview with Robert Osborne for TCM in 2012 she stated that she wasn't diagnosed until late in her life. [125]

O[edit]
Sinéad O'Connor, musician. She discussed her diagnosis in a Guardian interview in 2010.[126]
Graeme Obree, Scottish racing cyclist. World hour record 1993. Individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. Cited in 2003 autobiography, Flying Scotsman: Cycling to Triumph Through My Darkest Hours and 2006 film.
Phil Ochs, musician.[127]
Bill Oddie, naturalist, comedian and television presenter.[128][129]
Cheri Oteri, actress. Saturday Night Live Cast Member. Cited in Shales T.& Miller A. (2002) Live From New York, A Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.
Craig Owens, singer for American bands Chiodos, and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows.[130]

P[edit]
Nicola Pagett, actor. Wrote about her bipolar disorder in her autobiography Diamonds Behind My Eyes ISBN 0-575-60267-8
Emma Parker Bowles, model.[131]
Jaco Pastorius, jazz musician. "Jaco was diagnosed with this clinical bipolar condition in the fall of 1982. The events which led up to it were considered "uncontrolled and reckless" incidences."[132]
Jane Pauley, TV presenter and journalist. The former Today and Dateline host describes being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her autobiography "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue", which she wrote in 2004, as well as on her short-lived talk show.[133][134][135][136][137][138]
Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet.[53]
Edgar Allan Poe, poet and writer, may have experienced bipolar disorder.[139][140][141]
Jackson Pollock, American artist.[121]
Odean Pope, American jazz musician.[142]
Gail Porter, British TV presenter.[143]
Emil Post, mathematician.[144]
Charley Pride, country music artist. (autobiography) Pride: The Charley Pride Story. Publisher: Quill (May 1995). "Pride discusses business ventures that succeeded and those that failed, as well as his bouts with manic depression. He tells his story with no bitterness but lots of homespun advice and humor."

R[edit]
Gabriele Rabel, botanist, physicist[145]
Rene Rivkin, entrepreneur.[146]
Barret Robbins, former NFL Pro Bowler.[147]
Axl Rose, lead singer and frontman best known for Guns N' Roses.[148] "I went to a clinic, thinking it would help my moods. The only thing I did was take one 500-question test - ya know, filling in the little black dots. All of sudden I'm diagnosed manic-depressive."
Richard Rossi, filmmaker, musician, and maverick minister, revealed for the first time in a live interview on the Lynn Cullen show on June 5, 2008 the link between his artistic productivity and his depression to bipolar disorder, stating that "my father was bi-polar one, and I'm bi-polar two." He spoke of the relationship between creativity and the illness.

S[edit]
Robert Schumann, German composer[149][150][151]
Nina Simone, American singer. Interview with her daughter Simone, The Sunday Times June 24, 2007[152]
Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor. "Being an 18-karat manic depressive, and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation."[153]
Michael Slater, International Australian cricketer, forced to retire because of related symptoms.[154][155]
Tony Slattery, actor and comedian.[50] "I rented a huge warehouse by the river Thames. I just stayed in there on my own, didn't open the mail or answer the phone for months and months and months. I was just in a pool of despair and mania." BBC Documentary[50]
Sidney Sheldon, producer, writer; wrote about being a victim of bipolar disorder in his autobiography The Other Side of Me.
Tim Smith, rugby league player whose career with NRL side Parramatta Eels was ended due to his bipolar condition, and pressure from the media.[156]
Charlene Soraia, British Singer-songwriter, musician has cyclothymia.[157]
Alonzo Spellman, American football player [9]
Dusty Springfield, English pop singer [158][159]
Peter Steele, frontman, Type O Negative.[160][161]
David Strickland, Actor, Suddenly Susan.[162][163]
Poly Styrene (real name Marion Elliot-Said), singer.[164]
Stuart Sutherland, British psychologist and writer[165]

T[edit]
Mackenzie Taylor, British comedian.[166]
Michael Thalbourne, Australian psychologist and parapsychologist.[167]
Steven Thomas, American entrepreneur.[168][169]
Gene Tierney, Academy Award nominated actress, Best Actress (1945).[170]
Devin Townsend, musician, Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band. He took himself off of his medication to write lyrics for Strapping Young Lad's album Alien.[171]
Nick Traina, singer,[172] "in the last year of his life, he began telling people he was manic-depressive."
Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist and bear enthusiast, featured in the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man.[173][174]
Margaret Trudeau, Canadian celebrity and ex-wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (deceased). She now travels Canada and other countries speaking out against the stigmas on mental illness.[175]
Ted Turner, American media businessman.[176]

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V[edit]
Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor.[177][178]
Vincent van Gogh, artist.[179][180][181] (among numerous other hypotheses)
Townes Van Zandt, singer-songwriter.[182]
Eric Victorino, vocalist of The Limousines, author.[183]
Mark Vonnegut, author.[184]

W[edit]
James Wade, darts player.[185]
David Walliams, actor/comedian/author/charity fundraiser.[186][187]
Tom G Warrior- Lead singer/guitarist of heavy metal bands Celtic Frost, Apollyon Sun and Triptykon [188]
Ruby Wax, comedian.[189][190]
Scott Weiland, musician. (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)[191]
Pete Wentz, musician. Fall Out Boy[192]
Delonte West, American basketball player[193]
Mark Whitacre, business executive described in the true story movie, The Informant.[194]
Brian Wilson, musician, founding member of The Beach Boys.[195]
Amy Winehouse, musician[196]
Virginia Woolf, writer.[197]
List of people with bipolar disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is indeed sad that the 'open minded' of this forum would staunchly stand by alternative lifestyles, then openly condemn another poster for an illness which indicates neither stupidity nor depravity. Their intolerance knows no bounds.
 
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When someone claims to be bipolar my tendency is to walk away, far away. Not because the person is bipolar, but because it is now the excuse for just unacceptable behavior. It's the favorite theme, you cannot criticize me when I act like an ass because I'm bipolar.

Can it and shove it.
 
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When someone claims to be bipolar my tendency is to walk away, far away. Not because the person is bipolar, but because it is now the excuse for just unacceptable behavior. It's the favorite theme, you cannot criticize me when I act like an ass because I'm bipolar.

Can it and shove it.
I worked with them for 25 years and I never saw a single one who used it as an excuse for bad behavior. I have, however, on multiple occasions had them apologize to me for their behavior before they were put on meds or if they were not taking them. With attitudes like yours the stigma of mental illness will never be gone. You would have done better just to keep your bigoted thinking to yourself.
 

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When someone claims to be bipolar my tendency is to walk away, far away. Not because the person is bipolar, but because it is now the excuse for just unacceptable behavior. It's the favorite theme, you cannot criticize me when I act like an ass because I'm bipolar.

Can it and shove it.
I worked with them for 25 years and I never saw a single one who used it as an excuse for bad behavior. I have, however, on multiple occasions had them apologize to me for their behavior before they were put on meds or if they were not taking them. With attitudes like yours the stigma of mental illness will never be gone. You would have done better just to keep your bigoted thinking to yourself.
Let me show you where you are in error. You have worked with people who really have bipolar for 25 years. Understand that part. The ones you worked with really were bipolar. You have no idea how many people don't have bipolar and claim they do to get away with crap. Obviously you wouldn't work with them, they don't have bipolar. You'd never see them. They might out number the people who really have bipolar two or three to one.
 

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Let's see: Sunshine or katzndogz. No problem. Step off, katzndogz, and keep walking.
 

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What does bi-polar really mean? Self diagnosed bi-polar behavior seems to be an excuse for substance abuse. I imagine you can find a sub-standard psychologist to diagnose bi-polarism for federal bennies.
 

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When someone claims to be bipolar my tendency is to walk away, far away. Not because the person is bipolar, but because it is now the excuse for just unacceptable behavior. It's the favorite theme, you cannot criticize me when I act like an ass because I'm bipolar.

Can it and shove it.
I'm not really sure why you think that it's just "the excuse for bad behavior." I've treated people who were bipolar...(nowhere near as many as Sunshine, I'm sure). By the time I got to them, they'd been off their meds for some time, and were full-on manic, usually violent. And an injection of IV ativan, or IM versed (if no IV could be established), would turn them completely around.

It's how the individual is wired. I am fully convinced that it is organic.
 

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What does bi-polar really mean? Self diagnosed bi-polar behavior seems to be an excuse for substance abuse. I imagine you can find a sub-standard psychologist to diagnose bi-polarism for federal bennies.
For ever person truly bipolar there are at least three using it as an excuse for something or other. Did it become fashionable?
 

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You can add my brother to the list, but he's not "accomplished" at anything. He's a good guy though. He's diagnosed bipolar and gets monthly injections. We've seen him at his worst, and it was worse than Cuckoo's Nest. Anyhow he's been great for the last few years. I've been his court-appointed guardian for over 10 years now. He first started showing signs of mental illness about 30 years ago. Sad stuff.
 
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What does bi-polar really mean? Self diagnosed bi-polar behavior seems to be an excuse for substance abuse. I imagine you can find a sub-standard psychologist to diagnose bi-polarism for federal bennies.
Many people who are bipolar try to deal with their mania by using alcohol and sedating street drugs. Also, many primary care MDs who don't understand that a person is having manic attacks and not panic attacks will get patients addicted to benzodiazepines. I always got them when they reached the maximum but still ineffective dose and became a pain in the butt to the doctors. So, in effect, I had a patient with a major mental illness AND an addiction. Sadly, doctors do not have to do a psych rotation in medical school. Last place I worked the primary care provider just flat stated that he didn't go to medical school to treat psych patients. They wanted the PC MDs to treat the milder cases, but he just wouldn't. I found in that setting, I got patients early enough to get them correctly diagnosed and on the right medicine. I wish all PC providers would do that.
 
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You can add my brother to the list, but he's not "accomplished" at anything. He's a good guy though. He's diagnosed bipolar and gets monthly injections. We've seen him at his worst, and it was worse than Cuckoo's Nest. Anyhow he's been great for the last few years. I've been his court-appointed guardian for over 10 years now. He first started showing signs of mental illness about 30 years ago. Sad stuff.
The age of onset for bipolar is med 20s to early 30s. Many of them do need a guardian. But I have worked with doctors and nurses who have confided to me that they are bipolar. They are functional because they stay on their medications.

It is easy to get a bipolar stable. Keeping one stable for a year is an art. You have to see them on a regular basis and always be tweaking the meds because the illness changes over time.
 
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What does bi-polar really mean? Self diagnosed bi-polar behavior seems to be an excuse for substance abuse. I imagine you can find a sub-standard psychologist to diagnose bi-polarism for federal bennies.
For ever person truly bipolar there are at least three using it as an excuse for something or other. Did it become fashionable?
I have seen a few who want to get disability and seek to feign some illness like bipolar or schizophrenia. They can look up the symptoms online, but those illnesses require an energy level that the person who is not actually ill simply doesn't have. A bipolar can fling himself at the door of a seclusion room for 6 straight days with not one wink of sleep and I have seen them do just that. A poseur cannot.
 

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When someone claims to be bipolar my tendency is to walk away, far away. Not because the person is bipolar, but because it is now the excuse for just unacceptable behavior. It's the favorite theme, you cannot criticize me when I act like an ass because I'm bipolar.

Can it and shove it.
Okay, possibly some use it as an excuse for poor behavior, but what are the odds that most of them do?

I can understand that with things like ADHD, its over diagnosed and mainly an excuse for your kids to act like brats, but Bipolar is hardly the same thing.

Pretty shameful you would troll this thread when it was clear that Sunshine didn't want that.
 

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What does bi-polar really mean? Self diagnosed bi-polar behavior seems to be an excuse for substance abuse. I imagine you can find a sub-standard psychologist to diagnose bi-polarism for federal bennies.
For ever person truly bipolar there are at least three using it as an excuse for something or other. Did it become fashionable?

I have 2 bipolars in my family. One adult, one child. It's sometimes hereditary. 3:1 ratio of phonies to the real thing? Never heard that one before and usually the bennies are help with the drugs which can run hundreds to over a thousand a month. Even if you found a crooked certified psychologist, you'd still need to find a crooked psychiatrist to write prescriptions. That doesn't sound that easy to me. I try to take care of the meds. One of a bipolar's big problems is them not taking their meds because some meds make the person so depressed. For a while it works and then the subject starts acting weird again. Sometimes dangerous. Lot of them end up in jail and prison.
 

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Exactly. I have no problem with bipolars who take care of their disease. I have a big problem with mentally ill people who are undiagnosed and untreated, which is exactly what I said in the post Sunshine is referring to (only without the 'great disdain' that she wrote in.)

How about this for a fun thread? http://www.usmessageboard.com/current-events/331358-ann-coulter-nails-it.html
 

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Exactly. I have no problem with bipolars who take care of their disease. I have a big problem with mentally ill people who are undiagnosed and untreated, which is exactly what I said in the post Sunshine is referring to (only without the 'great disdain' that she wrote in.)

How about this for a fun thread? http://www.usmessageboard.com/current-events/331358-ann-coulter-nails-it.html
When someone is sick they do not always see the problem or do not understand the solution. I am not Bi Polar but I suffer from bouts of major depression. And until 2004 for 10 years I would routinely stop my meds because I decided they weren't working.

Finally in 2004 we found a good combo that works for my depression and paranoia. I have only stopped the meds twice since then and only for short periods.

What can happen is that as a person who has mental problems takes the medication and gets better they think they don't need it anymore.

In this country we have a stigma for mental illness. And you see it in this thread.
 

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Don't harsh my zen, Jen!
Exactly. I have no problem with bipolars who take care of their disease. I have a big problem with mentally ill people who are undiagnosed and untreated, which is exactly what I said in the post Sunshine is referring to (only without the 'great disdain' that she wrote in.)

How about this for a fun thread? http://www.usmessageboard.com/current-events/331358-ann-coulter-nails-it.html
When someone is sick they do not always see the problem or do not understand the solution. I am not Bi Polar but I suffer from bouts of major depression. And until 2004 for 10 years I would routinely stop my meds because I decided they weren't working.

Finally in 2004 we found a good combo that works for my depression and paranoia. I have only stopped the meds twice since then and only for short periods.

What can happen is that as a person who has mental problems takes the medication and gets better they think they don't need it anymore.

In this country we have a stigma for mental illness. And you see it in this thread.
Remember my depression thread? I have a host of issues myself.

I treat them.

Nobody should be exposed to the joy that I am when I am untreated.

And having been raised by a set of mentally ill parents, undiagnosed and untreated, I am well past up-to-here with being expected to just put up with it. All I did was put him on ignore. I didn't shame, belittle, berate, attack, mock, or in any other way give him any kind of shit. He said something I found completely unacceptable, I told him how I felt, he blew me off, and I said cya-bye.

That's it.
 

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