When in hospital, I read "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I must say if I had no clue about bipolar I'd probably find it a very good book. Unfortunately having experienced both the illness and lithium treatment I can see that Eugenides did most of his research on Wikipedia, came to the conclusion bipolars are basically beyond saving and *spoiler alert* at the end disposes of the character by having them move "somewhere in a forest with a friend" -- because that's what we unpredictable bipolars do.
I have never seen the Silver Linings Playbook or whatever it is called, because reviews made me understand I will not enjoy it.
I appreciate Catherine Zeta-Jones for talking about her illness. I don't appreciate the fact that she is always only shown at her good moments. You don't see a depressed Catherine slumped on the sofa with a box of chocolates, or manic Catherine running around unable to finish a sentence before another starts pushing out. This -- while good for her career -- gives people an idea bipolar is some sort of, yeah, creative illness that touches The Chosen Ones among us, but luckily once you pop a pill or two all gets sorted and you become a Zeta-Jones.
Even Stephen Fry got on my nerves when I watched his bipolar documentary. When they went to Apple store and he started getting all excited about... Mac Mini I think. This is not how it works. You do not go to a store while being rich and magically overspending switches on while cameras roll. Because you don't get the option to WAIT until cameras are rolling. Of course possibly this was cleverly edited, but it looked very much like "and now Stephen will perform the role of Big Spender in Bipolar The Musical".
Don't even get me started on Chris Brown apparently having bipolar.
Recently in Poland, where I come from, a man driving a Honda drove into a crowd, wounding if I recall correctly 27 people. On purpose. He drove around for 8 minutes trying to hurt people. He was sober, drug-free but said he was receiving psychiatric care. I am praying to all gods that it does not emerge that he is bipolar.
Sorry if half of this rant is off-topic. Obviously it DOES bug me.
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