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shine_on_u_crazy_dimond
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   Posted 3/23/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey,just from reading around and doing a bit of research i've noticed their seems to be come really common traits in a lot of people with bipolar. A lot of the people are very religious, follow an organised religion or believe in a geater being of some kind. i'm personally not religious at all, and i know it's a bit of a taboo subject, but do you think their is a reason why so many bipolar suffers turn to religion? I'm just curious.

Another thing that seems common is their creativity, a lot of people who write poems/novels perform music, paint art also suffer bipolar, do you think bipolar stems from the creativity or the creativity stems from bipolar, or is it just co incidence? I'm personally as creative as a stone, do any of you guys have skills or creative hobbies?

Also social class...the majority of people with bipolar seem to be middle class as opposed to working class, do you think their could be a reason behind that? I'm strictly working class,but i used to be lower middle class when i was a child , does this effect people's mood disorder at all? Anything else you guys tend to notice seems common? just from logging on and reading what people say.

Carenpolar
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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
I am middle class. and I am very creative. I did floral design for 15 yrs and int he manic stage, I produced  lovely pieces.. In the depressive , they werent so hot.. looking...

wmnak
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   Posted 3/23/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
shine,
 
you pose some interesting relationshipe.  many yrs ago i was working on a computer project for something that had never been achieved.  the operations directer called me into her offie and said, "warren, you're supposed to be creative.  find us a way to get this darn*d thing to work!"  i did.  maybe i am creative?
 
as far as class, i have a different take based upon paterns of behavior.  first, i want to make clear that i admit to differneces in afluence amoungst groups, i find the concept of "ciass distateful.  i believe that middle calss and upper class people are more kikely to acknowledge mental illness than those in the lower class.  in adition, these two groups generally have insurance or the affuence to have these problems treated. 
 
do any of you watch lou dobbs on cnn?  according to his research, this administration is waging, and winning, a war on the middle class.  someone in the middle class is more likely to end up in the lower class than in the upper class.  if dobbs is right, we may well see an epidenic of non-treated cases of bpd and pther mental illnesses.
 
warren
That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.
 
 


BackandForth
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   Posted 3/24/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I just posted in the other topic on being a christian and dealing with BP.  I think the reason so many are religious with BP is because we are some of the few in life that deal with some of the really heavy existential questions in life on a routine daily basis, especially when in the depressive phase.  I am sure there are books on the subject.  I am currently trying to sort out what it means to be a christian and have BP.  I've tried dealing with my issues with ONLY religion and it was a disaster.  Since I've got serious about the BP diagnosis and started on the meds and seeing a therapist and psych, things are starting to get better.  From my experiences, there are tons of churches out there that will suck in those with mental illnesses and only try to help from a 100% religious point of view without dealing with the underlying biological causes, mainly out of ignorance, but it is a dangerous mix.  There is an old greek saying about "nothing to excess."  That is literally my life motto now.  I'm not going to pull in the opposite extreme of no religion at all which I've actaully done at times.  I just want to chill and let the mood stabilizer work it's magic.

wmnak
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   Posted 3/24/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   

back,

i totally agree with you.  whilst we were living in england, we became interedted in "spiritual healing," or what in the us is called "the laying on of hands."  just for fun, there is an association of jewish healers in england, headqyartered, i believe, in kentish town.

anyway, when i was learning about spiritual healinh, i asked my teacher about using spiritual healing for a broken bone.  she told me that one should always use that which is most appropriate for the illnessd and that a dr could set the bone much more effectively and quickly than we could with spiritual healing.  she emphacised, however, that the healing process would be quicker and less painful if spiritual healing was used.  some studines backed her up on the last statement.

bp is both psychological and physical.  i believe that using all mehtods appropriate, including abiding faith in you god, will help you to live with and to eal with this disease.

warren


That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.
 
 

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