Why Society Views Bipolar Disorder as a Joke

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We are constantly exposed to the topic of mental illness daily, on the news, in magazines, and on TV. Films today glamorize the struggles and problems of those who are mentally ill by displaying a false outlook on mental health and the necessities to achieve overall wellness. We obsess over entertainers, like Robin Williams, who shocked fans and the world when he lost his life to depression. Amy Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 due to her manic depression, bipolarity, and alcoholism, was talked about for months in the news, displaying helicopters swarming her estate looking for more information on her death. We see movies such as Silver Linings Playbook and Mr. Jones that add a more comedic essence to the lives of those who suffer from depression and bipolar disorder by glamorizing the true struggles of those who are not mentally stable. We make these characters in…

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  1. I think it is in a portion of society that people have to fear, be threatened and make something or someone a villain. In this year’s Oscar Race that was seen twice by a person wanting to be gay or switch genders. They were considered mad and many like them got shock therapy and left for dead. Any disease that people do not know fall into similar categories.

    As a kid I often got blisters on my heels, whether shoes were a little loose or tight. Instead of taking me to a doctor and to view my gait I was called names by parents and grandparents and eventually I will get thick skin. Still waiting 35 years later. I over pronate and supinate walking and running and a simple DR visit would have said that. I am an insomniac and suffer from Chronic Fatigue and it has taken decades to say it is a real “thing” and has lots of extra goodies to enjoy. Fibromyalgia, high heart rate, bad cramps and a good 20 more sets of diseases and symptoms.

    People need a big bad monster or to make one up. It is pathetic. I have seen in the last year so many people that don’t “look” popular, suffer from GAD or DID or others. But who the hell is the one looking? A shrink who doesn’t pay attention to you and goes to one themselves. It is sad.

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