Bipolar Roundup Yawn

I’m getting sick of news items about bipolar. Another celeb comes out, says two sentences and suddenly they’re a stigma warrior … e t c e t e r a …

Frank Bruno sectioned twice in the last 18 months
Rene Russo reveals she’s bipolar
Misty Upham’s body found
Justin Trudeau – privileged but painful childhood

Mental illness is a disease just as much as cancer or chlamydia. It is not elective, it is not fun, and it certainly is not funny. We don’t go around photographing chemotherapy patients, hoping to catch them in a fragile moment. When Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone an elective double mastectomy, she was celebrated as brave and inspiring to women the world over. There was no bounty for photographs of her scars.

So why is it okay for paparazzi agencies to send out their goons when a young woman is publicly exhibiting symptoms of a mental health emergency? It isn’t. It’s shameful. It’s been nearly a decade since Britney Spears’ own well-documented, much-maligned mental breakdown, and the conversation has barely changed. That’s shameful, too. What is wrong with us?

why do we love watching mentally ill celebs?


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9 thoughts on “Bipolar Roundup Yawn”

  1. Love this…… no, actually I hate it. I love that you are talking about it. I hate that it needs to be considered… shit, does that makes sense! you say it all so well. Gah. One of those days.

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  2. I was hoping people would learn more if there are going to be high profile people coming out of the mental health closet, but that seems to turn on others’ sick fantasies. It comes down to people still not understanding these are diseases – they only see the behaviors and think “what a crazy person.”

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  3. This post made me think so much of the tweet that got quite popular recently:
    “If you cried about Robin Williams and you’re laughing about Amanda Bynes, check yourself. Mental illness isn’t a spectator sport.”
    It is so true, this person has got it spot on and so do you!

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  4. thanks for reading my article, and for the link. i would appreciate it if you could place the paragraphs you lifted in quotations marks. currently, it looks as though my words are your own commentary. would appreciate the proper attribution. thank you.


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