The Stranger Within: One Year Later - page 2

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It's always been a source of wonder and amusement to me that during my frequent searches for an item I've misplaced, I always seem to find something else that brings back a memory or two. And, like many of the elderly Moms and... Read More


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    Well, "Silver Linings Playbook" was everything, and more, than I thought it would be. What it was NOT, was triggering....yes, there were a few cringe-worthy moments when the bipolar lead character is ranting about irrelevant stuff at 4 AM (my hubby kept glancing at me sideways, as if to say "Now you know what I live with!", but otherwise it was enjoyable all the way through. No wonder it's up for the Oscars; it's not just a story about mental illness, but so much more: it's about love and obsession, football and family.....even DANCING!! What else could a girl ask for?
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Well, "Silver Linings Playbook" was everything, and more, than I thought it would be. What it was NOT, was triggering....yes, there were a few cringe-worthy moments when the bipolar lead character is ranting about irrelevant stuff at 4 AM (my hubby kept glancing at me sideways, as if to say "Now you know what I live with!", but otherwise it was enjoyable all the way through. No wonder it's up for the Oscars; it's not just a story about mental illness, but so much more: it's about love and obsession, football and family.....even DANCING!! What else could a girl ask for?
    I think I saw that there is a book, I assume upon which the movie is based (is it ever the other way around? I am not sure) Anyway I assume the author's intent would be a little more clear and realistic. Lots o assuming here ... lol
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    Thank you for telling your story, Viva. It was sorely needed to open the eye of so many.
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    But it needs to be more widely told, and not just by one person or even a roomful. Between Carrie Fisher's latest public meltdown and the story about the Connecticut grandmother who shot and killed her two baby grandsons before turning the gun on herself, mental illness in general---and bipolar disorder in particular---is in the news again, and NOT in a positive way.

    Watch the witch hunts begin.......
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    What a wonderful article. And for those of us actually working in mental health it is enlightening to see there ARE patients who truly want to "normalise". Thank you so much.
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    Quote from Sunny0308
    What a wonderful article. And for those of us actually working in mental health it is enlightening to see there ARE patients who truly want to "normalise". Thank you so much.


    I want to normalize I want to normalize!


    Article: The stigma of mental illness and suicide - General Off-Topic Discussions

    There are other articles and forums on mental illness on this site written by nurses who are working at it. And even your clients who are miserably failing at it really WANT to normalize, I would wager. But it is really really hard to do, because the symptoms pretty much lead us in a different direction!
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    Quote from Sunny0308
    What a wonderful article. And for those of us actually working in mental health it is enlightening to see there ARE patients who truly want to "normalise". Thank you so much.
    What's 'normal' ?

    Yes, whatever it is, I would love to be that way. It's exhausting being 'sick' so much of the time. That's why I'm med compliant, never miss a psychiatrist appointment, and I do what he tells me (well, for the most part---I didn't really do any exercise until recently, since I've lost 44 lbs. and feel better physically). I want to be better! And I won't give up trying until I am.
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    I've been fighting demons for most of my life. They were given a name when I was 35. I like the thought of "normalizing" but as a realist I know that I'll never be normal in the eyes of most people. However I can and do lead a normal life in spite of what others say.
    I would love to wear a T-shirt that says "I survived bipolar" just as many cancer survivors do. While cancer and bipolar are different, the emotional devastation that both cause for that individual and family are quite similar. Yet we hide our illness and the struggles that we go through on a daily basis from our friends, relatives, employers, neighbors, and in many respects each other. Your articles are bringing your struggles and ours to light Viva. We are not abnormal...we just see and do things differently.


    Fuzzy
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    Thank you for that, Fuzzy.

    You know, there are all kinds of t-shirts nowadays that say things like "Bipolar Pride" and "Bipolar Disorder: The Rollercoaster Ride from Hell". As everyone here knows, I came out of the 'closet' about a year ago and have been very open about it, but I'm not sure about wearing it (literally) on my sleeve. Maybe it's because I don't see myself so much as a victim of bipolar, as someone who fights bipolar. I can't really say I'm a "survivor" yet---I had a close call only days after I was diagnosed, and it still shakes me up to remember the night I almost ended it---but I'm working on that.


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