No, you are just acting like a jerk.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 4/7/2007 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
My heart goes out to those people here who take their medicine, eat and sleep right, exercise, and yet are still affected with mania and depression.

Recently, I've met a lot of people (in the world, not here) who talk about how their wives, bosses, sons, etc are bipolar and how difficult it is. They go on to describe what seems to me regular human immaturity or just acting like a jerk.

Before I decided that its a good idea to take medicine every night, I had absolutely no control over what happened inside my mind. My thoughts were the most random collection of fragments and broken logic. My behaviors were so irresponsible and irrational that people looked at me like I was from outer space.

It's hard for me to empathize with someone who says, "My George didn't do laundry again, his bipolar is really acting up." or "Lois called me and screamed at me this morning, that bipolar is awful."

I know that there is a whole spectrum to this disease, but I can't stand it when people trivialize a disease that is so crippling to so many others.


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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/13/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I so agree with what you wrote.  This is a major, life-altering disease that must be battled every day.  My husband nevers misses his meds, doesn't drink, eats right, exercises, etc.  His doctor just hasn't found the right combination. He has been undergoing treatment for about 16 months.
True mania is unmistakable, at least for him.  He becomes impatient, rude, demanding, and it rapidly goes downhilll from there.  He has just gone through a horrible two weeks of instability.  I cannot be around him when he is manic because I fear for my life.  The more strongly manic he becomes, the worse the depression that immediately follows.  He cycles rapidly.
This disease should never be joked about.  It is as if my husband has "brain decay" and the logical thoughts disappear.  I still believe that there is a combination of meds that will work for him.  I sure hope that I'm right.
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