I just did a survey on reddit that showed that a lot of people there think that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are lifelong diseases.
Sean Blackwell made videos that link bipolar mania with enlightenment that are called BipolarOrWakingUp. He replied on my research where he gave a peer-reviewed result (the people on reddit remove his “speculative” videos and want Science) which tells that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia might be things from which you can recover.
I think the discussion is very interesting. So especially for you bipolar people out there (but also other that are interested in things that fall outside of the study or enlightenment), please read this:
Also see this blog post by Martijn: http://www.highexistence.com/turning-the-problem-around-mental-health-in-a-sick-society/
Sean Blackwell is an amazing guy who does a lot of good work.
You can find his first video here: http://www.highexistence.com/videos/view/1-the-real-cause-of-bipolar-mania-bipolar-disorder/
@transpersonalstudies, I was diagnosed with bipolar last year and I haven’t taken any medication or lost control of my mind since. I wouldn’t say I recovered from the “disorder”, rather, I’d posit that I learned how to harness it.
Whatever “it” may be….
I got pretty close to psychosis. I was confusing dreams with reality, pulling my hair out frequently, pacing, dehumanization / depersonalization, panic attacks, the whole shabang without the hallucinations or delusions.
AND I’M TOTALLY FUCKING FINE NOW!
@martijn, You can only get “cured” if you were “sick” in the first place.
In the sense of Kierkegaard in his book Sickness Unto Death (where he calls despair/doubt the sickness that everybody who does not have a Self has) I would say I was sick till I got my first manic crisis.
More informally, in Robert Whitakers book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, the author of the research, Dr. Martin Harrow was quoted as saying that the difference between those who returned to normal life and those who did not was that the recovered group had a ‘stronger sense of self.’
I’ve never been officially diagnosed with anything, yet I know I have some traits in common with a schizoid personality. Be that as it may, I don’t think there is anything truly wrong with me. We are all human beings, and the thought that there is a single standard to which we must live up to is silly. Visceral experience and personal chemistry are infinite in variety. Who is to say one reality is more correct than another?
Hahahahahahahahahaha. I cannot… believe… this.
Apparently, there’s a proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder.
You must see this.
I don’t know if people understand what they’re actually doing with all those diagnoses. If the mental illnesses are formed from early childhood, from emotional or physical abuse, in form of psychological traumas, meaning, “mental wounds”, then what is a diagnosis actually doing where the word “disorder” is put on a person as a label? Isn’t that the same fucking testing/experimenting as how these “traumas” develop? There’s nothing to cheer about when people tell you that you’re ill, clearly.
Maybe I’m too radical here, but sometimes people become hypochondriacs just to get wrong psychiatric diagnoses, (or attention?) so the doctors make more money from telling them there’s nothing to worry about and don’t cure anyone’s mental illness. Ah… If almost every fucking negative (And now even HAPPINESS, according to some) notion of someone is a disorder, then what does a healthy mind mean? Being in love with people? This shit was just fucking absurd.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 18, which in my opinion was long overdue, but I think that mental illnesses need different terminology than physical illnesses. I have known bipolar patients that think they are “cured” and stop taking their meds, only to have their illness spiral out of control. I don’t think it is an issue of curing, but more one of management.
The only thing I can compare it to that I have experience with is gallstones. Stay with me on this one, I do actually have a point here. Most of the time, you are not aware that you have gallstones, it is only when you eat or drink something that is a trigger that you have a flair up and you feel the pain. It’s hard to say that anyone with a mental illness is sick, it’s more of these sorts of flair ups. I rarely have bipolar symptoms, because I avoid those triggers (for me this are things like lack of sleep, alcohol, etc) and I take my medication regularly. I think that some people may not need medication while others do, it isn’t all black and white, but for me I feel a hell of a lot better with medication and I can notice when I’ve accidentally missed a dose.
I have also developed ways of dealing with certain symptoms like anxiety without the use of medication. The teachings of the Dalai Lama have been of great help to me. The idea that I am the master of how I react to situations really helps me dissolve feelings of stress and anxiety. My physical inclination may be to panic, but I can counteract that mentally and talk myself down.
I don’t agree with classing bipolar as a “disorder” and I would not opt to get rid of it if I could. I feel this way because I am sure that there are some of my personality traits that are directly effected by bipolar and I wouldn’t want to change them, because in all honesty, I am quite fond of myself (not in a cocky way of course, just confident and comfortable). Is bipolar something outside of the norm for most healthy individuals? Of course. Does it mean there is something wrong with me or that I am necessarily unhealthy? I certainly don’t think so, and I don’t agree with classing it as a fault.
It’s simply a learning curve.
@thomph, lol it was for the guy who said he went through a near psychosis state and he was similar to him… I smoked weed one day and passed out and woke up in a complete psychotic state (my mind was not the same) eventually hours later I was semi okay and then I felt fine for like 3 weeks after and then it occurred again and now I’m worried that I will be this way forever because this is not a pleasant state (confused and very fearful of everything, my dreams are becoming very real and i have like strong random memories and thoughts throughout the day from a simple smell to a simple sight, but no hallucinations, just a terrible feeling ALL THE TIME).. of mind but if you have any advice at all I would love to hear and sorry for my sentence formations..