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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Tom Wooton opens up his book Bipolar In Order: Looking At Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion From The Other Side with a quote by George Carlin “Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.” This is certainly an interesting quote to consider when we jump to judgments if we haven’t experienced the same mental health issues as others.

I’ve worked with people whose partners have called them crazy or even sinful in respect to their depression, anxiety and bipolar symptoms.

Wooton makes a really good point as he redraws a graph from the perspective that many of us see bipolar disorder to the way it may really be. In other words, when many of us think of bipolar disorder, we think of someone who mainly sits in depression or mania and at times has respites in feeling more level.

Wooton redraws the graph to reflect that at times there is experiences of depression or mania, but for the majority of the time there is a feeling of being more level. The issue comes in the way our minds see these events.

Because the experience of depression and mania can be traumatic to the individual and the family and friends surrounding the individual, it is focused on more, gets talked about more and so it is given greater weight. Therefore, when we look at the person who has bipolar disorder, our perspective them is imbalanced in seeing the disorder rather than the order.

As then stigmatization occurs.

What would happen if we began to focus more on the order of individuals, while holding the fact that states of mind occur that also lend themselves to disorder.

Read in Full:  http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=35624&cn=4



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