Virginia Tech Tragedy

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/19/2007 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just like to hear how everyone in their own way are handling this tragedy. When I look back at things like September 11 in NYC,  the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19th - I was living in Oklahoma City) and the start of the war after the terror attacks in September... I get a numb feeling and cant get away from the TV. I have been up all night trying to figure out what it is about me that leaves all these questions. Now knowing about my bipolar disorder I am wondering what role it has in the way I react to these terrible events in history. There are so many things that race through my mind, I was just curious what others with bipolar disorder think/feel when they see something that is this tragic.
I guess with the V. Tech thing when you look at the video of this young man - most people think what a whacko but sitting there I realize there is a lot of my thoughts in that man. I feel for Cho because I know that it has been a long slow life where nobody reached out to help him. What most people in society dont realize that after awhile without support we start to believe these unrealistic thoughts. Its amazing just how much the brain can hold us captive.
I just wanted to see what everyone thought about this tragic event. How are you handling it and what are (if any) your frustrations with how others are handling or speaking about people with "mental illnesses" Thanks for letting me vent a little and ask a question that I always wanted to know - how people that think like I do (with bi-polar) handle situations like this. Its hard to find anyone to talk to that understands our thoughts. I am new to the forum so thanks for letting me ask some questions. Hope all is well with everyone - cant wait to get to know everyone.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 4/19/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome to a minority group that knows it is a minority.  the problem with v tech and ok city is that people get the impresson that ALL people with mental illness can/will perform theese henious acts.
i am jewish and have lived with this popular insanity all of my life.  when the rosenbergs were convicted of passing atomic secrets to the soviets and were executed for this crime, anti-semitism rose to an all-time high.  i know that this was before most of you were born, but it is just yesterday for me.
you can expect political "solutions" to percieved "problems."  we may lose some of our civil rights, for example, because "if the authorities had had the leal right" cho may have been stopped and, perhaps, gotten the help he needed.  i don't know.  this is only one of many possibilities.  also knowing that the attention span for the american public is less than 15 minutes (the time for "filler" between commercials on tv), nothing may happen.  america will be focused on the next entertainment - er news.
That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.

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