This article and story does little to explain what bipolar means other than both
sides of the brain are disconnected. So what does that have to do with drug
abuse and mental illness?This makes no sense to say one case is genius and
the other mentally sick. So is Carrie Fishers bipolar because of drug abuse
killing half her brain which is what marijuana does, or a genetic DNA
dysfuncitonal person?I found this article was trying to make two
completely different personalities caused by 2 different circumstances and not
even closely related as the same illness. I think someone was really grasping at
straws to define what a bipolar illness is.
My2Cents,Read the article again and ratchet back on your judgment of
others. Carrie Fisher was given an award named after Kim Peek for coping with
her own disability and telling her story to others, much as Kim Peek did with
his disorder. Kim Peek did not have bipolar disorder, he had a congenital brain
abnormality. Bipolar disorder increases your risk of substance abuse, it is not
caused by substance abuse. Five minutes of internet searching on the
Mayo Clinic website and Wikipedia would have answered your question.
ReflectionI have found that the lives of those around us can give us
pause for thought and reflection. I usually come away from articles like this
(or meeting someone with other special challenges) with two or three
conclusions: (1) admiration for how others bear their burdens, (2) gratitude for
my life and abilities, (3) an increased sense of humility and that I want to be
more humble and grateful for what I have (not MORE than others, but what I take
as blessings that should be appreciated).
Any article that humanizes mental illness is worth reading. It was certainly
worth reading this one.
As the recipient of this award I would nominate Margo Kidder (Superman's
Lois Lane) who tackled her Bipolar by giving her body & brain what it needed
to heal via Dr Abram Hoffer, an Orthomolecular Psychiatrist, instead of shocking
her brain via ECT. Can Bipolar be chemically-induced? It most
certainly can! When first introduced to the market many psychiatrists refused to
prescribe the newer SSRI antidepressants because they were so notorious for
triggering mania/Bipolar. From 1996 - 2004, as the use of antidepressants
skyrocketed, Bipolar Disorder increased an astounding 4000%!!!!! If you read the
studies headed by Dr Malcolm Bowers (2000-2001 Yale), you will see their great
concern over the large number of manic psychosis being triggered by
antidepressants yet going unrecognized as such by physicians. Not recognizing
this led to additional medication & hospitalization when the mania should
have subsided after discontinuing the offending medication. Their conclusion? We
have an antidepressant-induced Bipolar epidemic!Sad so few remain
unaware of the research indicating mania (the "high" in Bipolar) is a
continuous series of mild seizures. Everyone goes into continuous mild seizures
daily as we enter REM (dreaming) sleep. So are we chemically inducing the dream
state & calling it Bipolar?!
I also was diagnosed 'bi polar'. I had almost 20 electroshocks and
ended up on multidrug presciptions for a large part of my life. While I was
drugged I could not evaluate myself with a clear mind and unfortunately did what
I was told. I know many, many people today who have had a similar experience.
Yes, the drugs can be your problem. If life is difficult they can be used to
bring you up. You can go too high and this is called mania. Then you can get
others to bring you down. Doctors prescribe them everyday and many people get
them free of charge. They come with many adverse effects. All you have to do
is read the information leaflet and that is just the tip of the iceberg!I
am now 65 years strong with a clear mind for almost 13 years! ( lucky for some!)
This is all true! I have been there and done that. Beware of a quickfix!