The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/19/2006 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Completely by chance, I was channel flicking this evening and found that there was a documentary on bipolar disorder -- "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" with Stephen Fry. It was compelling viewing -- which is why I never managed to post before it finished! Oops!! It was on BBC2, and there are more details on their webpages: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/?id=manic_depressive
 
Anyway, part 2 is next week, same time (Tuesday, 9pm, UK time). Really worth watching if you can get hold of BBC2 (which I'm not sure will be possible if you're not in the UK, but, modern technology being what it is, ya never know!). If not, the BBC page has links to clips that you can watch from there.
 
A good reminder of how many highly intelligent and successful people have this disorder.
 
Rosie x
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judyinky
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   Posted 9/19/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie,
That sounds like something I would like to watch. I wondered if it was alright to start a post an ispirational post?? I didn't know if that would offend anyone if it happened to mention God in it. I'm sure many people have poems, meditations and inspirational things that they would encourage us.
Let me know.

Thanks and Be Well,

Judy
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it is the sweet fragrance of grace."



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   Posted 9/19/2006 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy,
 
I think an inspirational thread would be a nice idea. The question of mentioning God is a tricky one because of Forum Rule #10:
 
"10. No posts of an overtly political or religious nature OR posts promoting advocacy of particular personal, medical, legal, religious, political, or non-profit causes.  The forums are intended for offering mutual personal support.  Debating controversial subjects should be taken elsewhere.  Limited religious references are allowed (ie. "my prayers are with you" or a brief quote as part of a larger post), but the forums should not be used to convert others."
 
There's a fine line to be drawn here, because religion can be a big part of a person's story (e.g I've read posts where people talk about how much a church group has helped them, etc.). I think the key is that personal experience is good to share, but we have to avoid anything that is "preachy" -- that seems to be attempting to convert others, or that might be offensive to someone of a religion different to the one that's being talked about (e.g. suggestions that help can only be gained through the Christian/Muslim/Jewish God, etc.).
 
Don't worry, though: if there's anything that I'm worried about in posts like this, I promise to edit *gently* and will always explain why I've edited -- and it won't be meant to offend if I do have to do this!!
 
Thanks for being so thoughtful Judy -- I'm sure others wonder about what's ok and what's not on this score too!!!
 
Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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Djonma
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   Posted 9/20/2006 1:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Aww that looks good!
Shame I can't watch TV here, and I won't have a tv when I move into halls :-(
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(?) BiPolar - currently on Diazepam whilst waiting for assessment.
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wmnak
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   Posted 9/20/2006 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
dj, no tv in the halls?  i thought britain was civilized!  :-)
 
i think that an inspirational thread would be wonderful.  i am jewish and have no problem with "god."  it is just a word that we use to describe our comcept of a "higher power."  the jews use the term "adonoi" which means "the name" or "the nameless one" when referring to god in hebrew.  the muslems use the term "allah" which loosely translates as "god."  ("there is no god but god and mohamed is his only prophet").  the buddists refer the concept of a higher power to what might be called an "infinite regress" to achieve unity with a higher self.
 
why this diatribe?  i have spent my entire adult life "integrating."  my people only constitute about 1% of the population.  where i live in tx  is mostly catholic and where i live in al is mostly babtist.  i really don't care what anyone calls this higher power.  in masonry we call it "the great architect of the universe".  and then there are those who rely on ethics and science.  who cares?
 
my point is that we can all use inspiration and something to help us make it through the day - and this difficult bp life.  bring it on!  you won't offend me, i assure you.
 
warren

lazy
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   Posted 9/20/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Bring on the inspiration! I prefer to call myself spiritual rather than religious.  I haven't had great experiences with organized religion so I stay away from church. I'm not easily offended. I took a class on spirituality and most called their "God" their "higher power" since we were made up of different religions and belief systems. Thanks for the idea..Luv...Lazy

lazy
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   Posted 9/20/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to thank you, Rosie for the info on the tv documentary.  I don't get the BBC but I'll certainly go to the web site....Luv...Lazy

Djonma
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   Posted 9/20/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
There will be a TV in the JCR, but I won't have one in my room. And I don't fancy trying to convince a whole group of other students to watch something on BP.

As for inspiration - we all take inspiration from our own things. I'm Buddhist, but I find it beautiful that somoene else of another Religion would want to pray for me to get well.
I think that anyone who is Religious and has such chronic problems like we do is really helped by their Religion. I've only coped up til now by falling back on my Religion. It has helped me control my mania when I was told it wasn't mania.

I think a thread of how Religion helps each of us differently would work well - because it would be totally individual. It wouldn't be "I'm a Buddhist, it's helped me, therefore you should all convert cos it'll help you too!". It would be "I'm a Buddhist, this has really helped me because it's given me something to fall back on and to know that there's a reason to keep going, in the same way that a lot of Christians know there's a reason to keep going because their Church helps them."

My Mum's a Baptist and her Church really helps her, and her Religion really helps her. We both know that our Religions help us, and we both support that in each other, even though we're of different Religions.

As long as there's love and support (which there only ever is here!), I think it would be really good.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar - currently on Diazepam whilst waiting for assessment.
Thrombocytacemia

No other medicines - doctors are useless!


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/20/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Totally agree with everyone -- an inspirational thread (with ref religion or any other form of inspiration) is an excellent idea. I think we're all on the same page as far as what's ok goes too. -- I wasn't trying to put a spanner in the works, just that I know I have to make sure we don't break any rules or my hide will be had (tee hee)! Sounds like I needn't have worried my head about this though!! :)

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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wmnak
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   Posted 9/20/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
as long as we don't try to convert one another. ok? who wants to be a panthiest? :) (appologies to any pantiests)

throughout history relinion and belief systems have played a mojor role in helping people cope with difficult situations. "i look unto the hills. from whence commeth my help?" that was written about 3000 yrs ago. times don't really change. only the trappings.

warren
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