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Re: “Silver Linings Playbook: the implausibly cute side of bipolar disorder

I really wish I could un-read this article.

Every person is different and every bipolar person is different. We are individuals just like the rest of you, a diagnosis doesn't all of a sudden make us all act the same. Erickson writes "To its credit, the film does show Pat in a few genuinely frightening moments, as when he hits his mother" what do you think we are? That because of a chemical unbalance in our brain we are violent? I have been sick for 5 years and have yet to hit a single person. That goes for all the bipolar people I know too. We are B-I-P-O-L-A-R that means we get really sad (depression) or really happy (manic)... It doesn't mean we get violent!

About him looking good when he leaves the hospital... was he supposed to look bad just because he was sick? Well speaking for myself I didn't get that memo so I'm afraid I did get a haircut even though I was in the hospital... and yeah I did get to shower.. we actually had workouts as well.... In my case I put on weight but not everyone does. FYI as a patient you don't get to "not take care of yourself", they will literally force you to take a shower and look presentable.

You mention the film doesn't show any dark episodes, some are mostly manic so you wouldn't necessarily see that. I am not saying the movie is perfect but this whole article is so filled with prejudice, you seem disappointed that Pat doesn't act like a axe murderer, you make us out to be complete psychos. There are cases of really really really sick people, those don't get to leave the hospital!, with bipolar disorder but just like other diseases (e.g. cancer) there are different severities.

This is why stigma exists. Bipolar = crazy violent person? well what do you know.

(Btw Sicincki are you bipolar or how would you know if it is mystifying? If you are then fair enough if you can't relate, if you aren't the what would you know? )

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Posted by micha on 02/28/2013 at 5:30 PM

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