bipolar linkdump

The next Marya Hornbacher book is coming and could be a game-changer: “I really don’t know what it’ll be called. The subtitle will be about healing and recovery in American mental health, something like that.”

This is my pick of the week, all five pages of it. If I had a support network, this is the article I’d ask them to read.

Everyone Assumes You’re Violent: Realities Of Being Bipolar. Mental illness is a lot like sex, in the sense that you hear about it all the time, but almost everything you hear is wrong. Just look at bipolar disorder — a seemingly straightforward disorder that causes wildly veering periods of mania and depression. For reasons of laziness, and the generally low number of practicing psychiatrists who are also screenwriters, it’s often portrayed by Hollywood as “generic crazy person’s disease.” As a result, people with the disorder are forced to deal with the double-decker suck-bus of a life complicated by mental illness, and having everyone around them think they’re a dangerous lunatic just waiting to bloom.


UK: Mental health background checks: new guidance issued by Home Office
Detention under Mental Health Act alone may no longer be included on criminal record certificates under latest guidelines.


Ghana: Mentally ill being denied healthcare. Nana Kweku Appiah-Nti, Regent of Assin Breku in the Central Region has raised the alarm over homeless mentally sick persons being denied healthcare and bussed and dumped along communities on the Kumasi-Cape Coast trunk road.
New York: Bad Medicine. The de Blasio administration’s strategy for dealing with mental illness is to ignore the most seriously ill.



“The bravest people I know are all struggling with mental illness – and brave people deserve jokes that are on their side. That sounds stupid, but there’s a huge difference between a sick joke and a sick joke from the heart.” John Robertson: the only normal people I’ve ever met were idiots. TW for suicide there, he makes jokes that might shock you.
Marine Veteran Overcoming Bipolar Disorder And PTSD With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
When living with bipolar disorder changes your life
Pakistan: Things your brain tog is trying to tell you
The 5 stages of dating with bipolar disorder
Work and Love: A Psychotic’s Recipe for Recovery
Self Care, Mental Illness and Black Tragedies

At other times, during mixed states, which are a horrible combination of mania superimposed on depression, I’ve felt like I want to rip my own skin off. There’s a horrible agitation and restlessness to it—like your flesh is going to fly off your bones. And thinking clearly becomes impossible. Even the simplest two-step task—because you think all you have to do is get from A to B. But when a thousand thoughts come hurtling through the space between A and B the ground beneath you just sort of gives way. Sometimes it can feel like you’re just hanging by your fingernails. It’s scary as hell. – Juliann Garey


Hemingway’s eldest sister Muffet, 65, is bipolar and schizophrenic. “My sister was in and out of hospitals for years,” she says. “She wasn’t diagnosed until she was 17 or 18. My WASPy parents would say she is going off for college and then we’d pick her up at a state hospital. I just wondered why there were bars on the window.” Mariel Hemingway: I want to break the stigma of mental illness. Muffet. I can’t help wondering if she sat on a tuffet.



How to tell the difference between bipolar disorder and depression: “Divergent Urinary Metabolic Phenotypes between Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Identified by a Combined GC-MS and NMR Spectroscopic Metabonomic Approach” Journal of Proteome
Fibromyalgia Severity Linked to Depressive and Bipolar Symptoms
Elderly bipolar disorder cases surge in South Korea
Choice of method in attempted suicides reflects risk of subsequent suicide
Researchers identify the source of the debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis: As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember.
Australia: 1 in 5 veterans to suffer from mental disorders
Social connections may keep women from suicide. New research suggests that friendships and outside activities offer protection against suicide, even for women who struggle with mental health issues, such as depression.


Carrie described how she’d named these moods “Rollicking Roy” and “Sediment Pam.” Roy takes her on incredible highs during which her mind races so much that she can’t sleep, sometimes for days. Pam stands for “piss and moan.” Pam stands on the shore and sobs. She’s in charge of Carrie’s low moods. As Carrie explains it, Roy is the meal and Pam is the check, and anyone who has stayed awake for days is likely to wind up psychotic. Which is what happened to my daughter. – Debbie Reynolds

I’m a Hypocrite for Hiding My Mental Illness From My Kids
Picky Eating Kids a Sign of Mental Illness
Creativity in Familial Bipolar Disorder

Arts etc

A closer look at Hellblade, Ninja Theory’s psychosis-exploring hack and slash: Hellblade is a story of Senua, her struggle with psychosis and an exploration of what it means to be impacted by mental illness. Ninja Theory is vocal in its desire to do justice to mental illness conditions and raise awareness regarding just how seriously they can damage the life of not only those living with the illness, but also the loved ones that surround them. We’re told that a great amount of time has been spent talking to people with mental illness and consulting with professors and experts on the subject in order to portray the nature of this debilitating reality.

Hollywood takes on troubled minds with summer slate of films: Hollywood has come a long way since portraying someone with mental illness as a monster, instead bringing characters to the big screen whose mental struggles look more like the ones experienced by many people in everyday life. The industry’s more realistic approach to such conditions is on abundant display this summer. At least half a dozen recent releases reflect nuanced characters, both real and fictional, facing mental illness.
8 artists who suffered from mental illness
The Most Lamentable Tragedy Might Be a Masterwork, But That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Want to Hear Titus Andronicus’s Bipolar Rock Opera Again. Whatever else is true, Stickles has, among his other accomplishments, managed to do something few of his fellow sufferers ever manage to do, which is to replicate the experience of thralldom to the bipolar spectrum. Not just the individual highs and lows, but the hellish process of it, the helplessness. It’s an impressive accomplishment on many levels, and it might even be a great piece of art. But that doesn’t mean you want to live through it again.


This song is about tripping on ketamine in the Dali museum. Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander, who went through the k-hole, said that the ketamine cancelled out the surrealism, so he felt completely normal. I thought I’d show you guys this, because of my recent post about ket and the very cool discussion in the comments afterwards.

This has absolutely nothing to do with bipolar…



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26 thoughts on “bipolar linkdump”

  1. OOh, this line is gonna become my mantra: “the double-decker suck-bus of a life.” YESSS.

    Hey, where’s my pun laden linkdump title? Surely you’ve not run out of them! They make me smile and that means you have super powers or something ‘cos my smile’s pretty much MIA these days.

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  2. Interesting selection of tidbits as usual. I’ll tell you something, I feel more stigmatized (or I suppose self stigmatized) for having experienced cardiac arrest than for being bipolar. I can understand bipolar as an inherited condition but the other seems to imply that I lead an unhealthy lifestyle. That I asked for it. But I know that’s not true. :(

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        1. Idk, that’s how some doctors end up making patients feel. Even dentists do it with their whole *sigh* we haven’t been taking care of our teeth properly now have we. Shit like that. If it is you, try and piss all over that idea and banish it. As kak as it is, it’s just one of those things, there’s no rhyme or reason to it and you haven’t been living a shitty unhealthy life. You know your body better than most people do, and everybody’s body is frail. I guess what makes it different is that you did survive the cardio crap; surviving lgbt and bipolar is like surviving life, it’s there till death.

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  3. I don’t know – maybe I’m jealous of her massive success & her glamazon image but Marya bugs me for some other reason that I need to pin down. The article made her sound like “successful” people with MI reach a finish line and hover there instead of point out that even if you’re stable as can be and doing sooooooo well with bipolar etc., your BP shitstorms are still gonna hail in life HARD (wait for someone to die who you love and see how “really well” you do!) until there’s a cure. I’ll still buy her book and read it.

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    1. Oh thank fuck someone said it, I thought it was just me being particularly bitter. I think also, that people who reach a stable phase within bipolar, tend to think they did it all themselves. We all know there are times when the meds and the exercise and the regular sleep etc do not help one bit. I’ll read your review of the book, but if it’s all self fucking helpy and focuses totally on American healthcare, I’m not going near it. Unless I get it for free somehow.

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      1. I think when anyone starts saying that she’s doing “really well with bipolar” as the birds chirp in the background and one’s farts smell like Chanel No. 5 without adding “of course I could be in the fucking nuthouse tomorrow!” it’s a little too glib and unrealistic for my taste! I won’t steer you near her book unless it’s worth your time!

        Did you see “Welcome to Me” yet? (starring Kirstin Wiig, the SNL actress who has borderline in it, not bipolar as was mistakenly reported by a lot of outlets) – I’d LOVE your take on it!!!! I was riveted. She was incredible because she wasn’t afraid to go OUT THERE and be incredibly awkward and ugle. She did full frontal nudity too and thank God she didn’t have her naughty bits waxed into a heart-shaped world!

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        1. I say we downgrade those perky buggers to cyclothymia. And nope, I haven’t seen it. Last time I went to see a film was 2012, I think. I’m always glad to hear of an unwaged pubis, I feel so desperately sorry for the waxed ones.

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    1. I am menopausing, despite your being so very vastly much older. The night sweats are wrecking me ragged. On the plus side, I only had 2 periods this year. So far it isn’t worth it though.

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        1. WHOOPS! I meant to post THIS link, not the link I used on my tweet just now!! LOL
          I love this song and will probably sing it every day once the ‘Pause sets in!

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            1. I know every single word of “Black Widow” including Vincent Price’s educationaln spider soliloquy at the beginning so I’ll have to sing that for you. I’ll do it as a Halloween treat! :)

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              1. It’s great as any Alice Cooper song is, and I like it, honestly, because of Price and Cooper’s style and delivery, but wtf? Who wrote that poem? The male gender of the spider feels just wrong. She’s a widow. Not he. I’d have written a totally different song.

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                1. This is seriously one of the best, most astute comment I’ve ever read. You have a solid point! I say we contact Mr. Cooper/Furnier about it but then he’l probably spout a bunch of Bible verses at us!!!!

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        2. Thanks for that handy link to this very post. And you might not have the sweats. Mine are every goddamn night and my pyjamas are literally drenched – even round my fucking ankles. If I get many hot flashes I will scream. I test drove those during venlafuckxine withdrawal and they were hell on wheels.

          But Ja, I’m doing really well with it, bipolar and everything else. Brb polishing some glitter.

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  4. Oh yeah, don;’t get mad but I just tweeted this link with the little promo. blurb of “This is my fave blog along with KittOMalley’s. Claire Forlani’s face came up and so it will attrack folks. She’s purty. I’ve always loved green eyes.

    Tweets with pictures are supposed to get more attn. Of course. Duh!

    By the way, did you see Claire act in “Meet Joe Black”? I liked her role, but fucking Brad Shit made his character of Death or whoever seem like he was heavily stoned throughout the entire moviie. It was a laughable performance. And Pitt most likely was stoned throughout the entire movie.

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    1. Why on earth would I get mad? You know I’m saving up hits till I have enough for an Amazon book token. I did see MJB, Ms Forliani is… not ugly. I had no idea she was bipolar till I googled “short quotes about bipolar” in a quest to merge adding quotes to images with my inability to remember words from one tab to the next.

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