Chemical Poems: Lithium

Author: Mario Markus
Published Date: 07 January 2014
Source / Publisher: Chemical Poems: One On Each Element
Interview with Mario Markus


The grave of the feeble breath
becomes a source
of fighting spirit.
That which calms
the manic mind
is passion
for a withered soul.
And floats
on water.

And all of them:
source, lightness,
are caught in the desert
by a river
and poured out
into a vastness
of salt.


bipolar roundup and my reactions

I’m totally procrastinating stuff. And I blog so much to avoid thinking. I used to play a game on a tablet when my head was too hellish, but then the tablet died. Urghhh. Doing ok on the whole, with holes in it.

What it’s like to live with Bipolar II disorder clickclick

It’s not considered manly to confess to mental illness.

Fuck that. I make it manly and I have a vagina. Rawr! BIPOLAR, bitches!

Type 2 diabetes adds to hospital mortality risk in bipolar patients clicketty

I honestly and sincerely don’t mind all of the things about bipolar that shorten and threaten my lifespan. I don’t want to live till I’m 102. I don’t have a wife and kids – I always thought I would by now, but I’m okay with just me and the dogs. At the back of my mind is Dignitas in Switzerland if it ever comes to that. It makes enjoying the here and now a hell of a lot easier. I have no god and afterlife beliefs.

Ad body rejects complaint against Teazers cleek

A psychiatrist had complained about a billboard on Rivonia Road in Sandton, Johannesburg, advertising the strip club. It depicts two women in leopard print lingerie posing around a pole. In large white letters it has the word “BIPOLER”, and the Teazers slogan “The Teaze Without The Sleaze”.

Couldn’t find an image, but here’s more proof that they’re sleazy fuckwits.


Blergh vomit. And in my own country too *scowls*

How Realizing Her Bipolar Was A Medical Condition — And Not A Spiritual Failing — Helped This Woman Heal clickit

Oh look, a butterfly.

At war with mental health: Wife of bipolar soldier worries he could get worse behind bars clickhere

Poor guy didn’t know he was bipolar when he cracked up and smacked a superior officer. Hope the 15 days in jail doesn’t freak him right out, at least it isn’t long. I’m wondering whether I’d trust myself to join the army – I think not. I usually want to smack people who give orders – but that’s me, not bipolar.

Express LOL: Why Team India suffers from ‘bipolar disorder’ dontclick

They’re talking about cricket. Fuck offfffffff. Proud to see that the one comment on it is negative and by a South African.

Brain imaging could assist bipolar depression diagnosis clickhere

Imagine all the time and angst and misdiagnosis and mismedication and suicide attempts and sadness and rage that could be prevented *fades to a wobbly soft focus*


Bipolar Disorder and Julia Child, My Therapist clickhard

It does not surprise me in the least to hear that Julia Child is in the bipolar recovery toolkit. I looooove watching her. Of course, irl I’d have quivered and run screaming. Formidable! And how’s that for the most randomly awesome google image result? I’m going to try and work it into conversations as an expression of shock/surprise; Julia Childs in a bathtub!!!! The exclamation marks will be audible.

A Summer In The Cage

A Summer In The Cage:

Thanks Percy Paul for the headsup to this. He was featured in Flight from the Darkness, another bipolar documentary.

Filmmaker Ben’s documentary about an inner city batting cage gets derailed by Sam, who has bipolar 1, into being a documentary about Sam. Kay Redfield Jamison pops up early in the film to tell us how common bipolar is and that people therefore need to be educated about it. I guess Ben’s own education didn’t get past the traditional angle that manic depressives are difficult bastards and yeah it’s an illness but omg difficult stay away stay away … it reinforces one of Sam’s opening lines, all a director wants is a good story.

There are good films and books about bipolar out there. What there isn’t, is a cure. There isn’t a visible search for a cure and there isn’t much beyond how to put up with a bipolar person. If it was all taking place within a more politicised environment, people would be screaming blue murder about the othering of manic depressives. This film doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.

Here’s a comment from YouTube:

Yeah bro that’s nice. Maybe you can go forgive some cancer patients next.

Moral of the story? Bipolar people feeling permanently apologetic and guilty. Top killer of bipolar people is suicide. Make the fucken connection, world.

Ben Selkow wanking:

The movie’s ending, as in life, isn’t black and white. “We kept trying to script reality but we couldn’t,” Selkow says. Over time, Sam expressed real ambivalence and resentment about the movie, eventually blaming Selkow for the stalled condition of his life. It became apparent to both men that they had to call it quits. “Sam’s story is continuing,” Selkow says, adding that Murchison has not yet watched the documentary. They are currently out of touch, following a pattern of their friendship, but Selkow hopes that the real work of the film will be done on an educational level. “I’ve been humbled by the power of mental illness and Sam’s bravery, and love of Sam’s mom and sister. It’s been, personally, a major challenge to finish this, but the advocacy is important in order for people to learn as much as they can. I’m hoping the inspiration of Sam’s courage and honesty can permeate.”

tl;dr – director fakes friendship to sell DVDs.

If you google Sam Murchison, you won’t find much. He’s just some expendable manic depressive, you know …

Inspiration my ass.