There is nothing casual about bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder does not greet or meet you in a kind, casual or friendly manner.
Bipolar disorder bombards into your life with a force so cruel, strong and abruptly, you have no idea what hit you.
Bipolar greets you unannounced, uninvited and is very unwelcome into your life, like a burglar entering with a forced entry stealing everything your life has to offer.
Bipolar wants everything. Bipolar wants all of you, so it steals everything you have and own. It robs you from yourself and everyone you love and everyone in your life.
Bipolar does not knock first, but pushes the door of your life wide open with a force so strong and fierce that it destroys the door to your life and everything inside.
Bipolar is not temporary or does not visit occasionally. Once bipolar enters into your life, bipolar becomes a lifelong illness and frenemy you must learn how to live with. You must teach yourself ways to cope with the many severe symptoms of bipolar disorder and manage your lifelong, chronic invisible illness.
Bipolar does not just pass by for a short visit, but has overstayed its welcome and has stayed for my lifetime. Bipolar is a permanent unwelcome guest in my life that I have had to learn to fit into the new life I had to create.
Bipolar cannot be seen with a casual glance. Bipolar is a long-lasting vision within my mind. I try to overlook it, but it continues to reappear in my life.
Bipolar is not casual, it is like an animal and a cannibal eating me of who I once was.
Bipolar is not casual, it is fragile and flammable, as it has ignited my mind on fire with an intensity that I have exploded into many little pieces only to have been put back together one piece at a time, by the grace of God.
Bipolar is not casual or visual, but is an invisible illness that no one can see. People are unaware of the severe, deep, dark pain bipolar survivors must cope and live with everyday of their lives.
We cannot make casual remarks about bipolar disorder.
Bipolar is a serious and severe mental illness. We need to speak about bipolar disorder often. We need to open up the dialog and discuss bipolar disorder often and with many people. We also need to use formal and educational approaches to teach many people about the facts and realties about bipolar disorder, what it does to people’s lives, what it is like to live with bipolar disorder.
Many studies indicate a 15% rate of suicide amongst individuals with bipolar disorder. This rate is about 30 times higher than that of the general population. The rate of suicides amongst bipolar people is even higher than that for schizophrenia. Some studies have come up with rates as high as 30%-50%.
We must stop the stigma of mental illness and we must reduce the alarmingly increasing rate of suicide.
“I’m going to be a superstar musician, kill myself, and go out in a flame of glory . . . I want to be rich and famous and kill myself like Jimi Hendrix.” ~Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)
“I’m not worried about what’s going to happen when I’m thirty, because I am never going to make it to thirty. You know what life is like after thirty – I don’t want that.” ~Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)
“Then I overdosed at 28, at which point I began to accept the bipolar diagnosis.” ~Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
“Every seventeen minutes in America, someone commits suicide. Mostly, I have been impressed by how little value our society puts on saving the lives of those who are in such despair as to want to end them. It is a societal illusion that suicide is rare. It is not.” ~Kay Redfield Jamison From her book “Night Falls Fast”)
“Suicide is what the death certificate says when one dies of depression.” ~Peter D. Franklin
The National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE11-800-SUICIDE1-800-SUICIDE800-SUICIDE provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sources: http://www.bipolar-lives.com The following authoritative text was used as the main source for their facts. Frederick K. Goodwin & Kay Redfield Jamison Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, Oxford University Press, 2007.
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