It was fair to call it depression. She felt like shit, all the time. If that was depression, she had it. It must have been contagious. She’d caught it from the world. Lev Grossman – The Magician’s Land
(Just a note about the quote – the Magicians trilogy has some interesting mental illness angles woven into it, in various minor ways. Not a reason to read the books necessarily, but a cool aspect of them.)
Okaaay… Nice quote, nice song… Now letsgosmackabitch!
What the actual fucking fuck!? Here’s some more proof that we don’t need celebrity spokesfuckwits. Clearly she hasn’t bothered with, oh, actual knowledge, or she wouldn’t be handing out shit like….
I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it is completely controllable. ‘There are very low lows’ Catherine Zeta-Jones opens up about battle with bipolar disorder. ‘A lot of that is to do with the fact that I’m much more knowledgeable about what I call my pain in the ass!” the star added.
Completely. Controllable. Does she even know her ass from her elbow? Bipolar is hard to treat and it can take years to get someone into remission – it can also never happen. Irresponsible, stupid celebrity. BAD CATHERINE ZETA-JONES Y U NO SHUSH!? Idiot!
Frank Bruno has also been talking bollocks…
I’d love to tell the PM how much we need to help improve the after-care people get when they leave hospital. I’d warn him how, all too often, people are given drugs and told they must stay on them for years. That might not be right for them. Often, using diet and exercise to treat their condition is far better. Frank Bruno’s open letter to fans and plea to the Prime Minister
Alright it’s not the only thing the poor chap has been talking nonsense about lately *cough*returntothering*cough*, but still. Shut up. Poor chap.
In the battle against stigma, I’m beginning to wonder whose side they’re on. Of course, if they’re waging war against knowledge, they’re winning hands down.
I think I like the interviewer in the next one…
A glib? It’s not a noun.
No foray into asshattery about bipolar disorder these days would be complete without an update on the Charlie Sheen thing. The screamo tabloid headline shrieks, ‘POSSESSED’ & MANIC! Dr. Oz Reveals The Truth Behind Charlie Sheen’s Bipolar Claims and then lets you down hard with:
“[Charlie is] not diagnosed [as bipolar], but he has manic episodes. There is a mania to what he does,” Dr. Oz told PEOPLE magazine at the premiere of Touched with Fire, a new flick starring Katie Holmes that centers on the disorder. “I actually connected him to a world expert psychiatrist in bipolar and they are talking…He’s making inroads. He was very resistant to this possibility. The fact of the matter is, if he doesn’t banish this, he’s going to keep making the same mistakes he’s been making. “
Snore. On to saner things. I haven’t watched the new Stephen Fry documentary yet – I found the following bit of a review incredibly heartbreaking.
First, he catches up with Cordelia who featured in the original series. Cordelia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder while she was studying at Oxford University, but is still unhappy with the medication and treatment she has been given for the condition. Since the original documentary she’s also been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but says that it is the lesser of two evils. “Breast cancer doesn’t annoy me all the time. It’s not like I think about it every day in the way that I think about my mental disorder every day,” she says. “Depression is just worse than anything…it’s mental agony.” ‘The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive’: Stephen Fry On How Life Has Changed For People With Bipolar Disorder In 10 Years.
Back in the days where the luckiest of us got comfortable lunatic asylums…
Her mental instability was noted by friends including the author Virginia Woolf who described her in 1932 as a “poor raddled distressing woman, takes drugs”.
TS Eliot letters reveal anguish over failure of first marriage. Correspondence to be published this month challenges view that poet was cold towards his wife Vivien as she suffered mental illness
Talking about talking… I got the impression that the following column was written for v e r y s t u p i d p e o p l e.
Talking therapies don’t necessarily make voices stop, for example, or stop someone ever feeling sad or manic, but they are often good at helping people make sense of their experiences and notice unhelpful patterns in thinking or behaviour which can be influenced. Talking about what is happening in a structured way can help someone reduce confusion, shame and loneliness, maintain relationships, and carry on with as much of their life as possible. It might also help to be able to talk about past traumas which may have contributed to current difficulties. NICE critique: a call for more research, not an excuse for less treatment
My first, uncharitable thought about the next one was, “it’s a planking baby,” but it isn’t…
ArtPic: Gerri Harden illustrates the struggle of mental illness
Despite the blatant seo whoring, the next one is a pretty decent stab at it, on the whole.
6 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You To Know: ‘I Am Not Jekyll And Hyde’
Town gets its lithia water shut down because of barium. Eh, just read it, it made me smile.
An international group of psychopharmacologists now feels that the nomenclature for classifying psychiatric medication is outdated. They cite (for example) patient concerns about being prescribed a so-called antidepressant for an anxiety disorder. What’s With These Names in Mental Health Care?
We (society) seem to spend an awful lot of time talking about how we talk about our disorder and its treatment. Why, why, why aren’t we shouting louder for better treatment? We pay our tithe at the altar of Big Pharma and worship at the church of the stigma buster. If stigma decreases, will my medication improve?
We shall now seek that which we shall not find. —Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur
Crest BD Bipolar Disorder Quality of Life Tool – do a survey, measure your quality of life and see which aspects need improvement. Free registration allows you to track it over time. It made me go, meh I think it’s more useful for their research than it is for me, but I’m prone to that sort of thinking anyway.
Childhood abuse and neglect can lead to a range of negative outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder warns a study. Bipolar patients with a history of childhood maltreatment developed the depressive mental condition more than four years earlier than patients with no history of maltreatment, revealed the study. In addition, they were almost twice as likely to attempt suicide and nearly four times more likely to have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, up to 15 percent of people with bipolar disorder die by suicide, the research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, showed.