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2011-10-24 10:39:30 AM
Wait, he is in SF, and he is is bi-POLAR? Sure you got the right "bi" word?

/i keed, i keed
 
2011-10-24 10:47:25 AM
They should probably keep an eye on the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
2011-10-24 11:32:03 AM
Bipolar dude already jumped from the Golden Gate and survived (new window).
 
2011-10-24 12:15:38 PM
stories like this give a bad name to b.p.
 
2011-10-24 01:31:16 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: Bipolar dude already jumped from the Golden Gate and survived (new window).


So he's a time-travelling bipolar dude?
 
2011-10-24 03:37:32 PM

utah dude: stories like this give a bad name to b.p.


That's what I was thinking.
 
2011-10-24 03:45:45 PM
Sounds like he was misdiagnosed.


/bipolar.
//Don't wear 2 different shoes and become incoherent, or pose a threat to others.
 
2011-10-24 03:50:52 PM
"The earth is bipolar too."

/obscure?
//listening to him now
///probably not obscure
 
2011-10-24 05:05:07 PM
I never say this, but that is one farking excellent headline. Took me a hot second, then laughed pretty hard. That's Onion quality right there.
 
2011-10-24 05:58:50 PM
I'd be willing to bet he stopped taking the meds because he was in a mania state which produces a euphoria better than drugs. The medicine brings the person down (usually lithium or some other ssri) totally killing their groove. That's the main reason people stop taking their bi-polar medication. I can;t say I wouldn't do the same if I suffered extreme lows for a long period of time, finally had an upswing, and some doctor tried to take it away from me. It's all about willpower.
 
2011-10-24 08:02:08 PM

ParagonComplex: I'd be willing to bet he stopped taking the meds because he was in a mania state which produces a euphoria better than drugs. The medicine brings the person down (usually lithium or some other ssri) totally killing their groove. That's the main reason people stop taking their bi-polar medication. I can;t say I wouldn't do the same if I suffered extreme lows for a long period of time, finally had an upswing, and some doctor tried to take it away from me. It's all about willpower.


First, Lithium is not an SSRI. SSRIs are (typically) contraindicated in bipolar because SSRIs can trigger mania. The idea behind bipolar meds is to stabilize-not too high, not too low. Just a nice rolling wave like most people experience. Some bipolar drugs can be incredibly sedating, but that's why there are many to try. Everyone reacts differently to different medications.

Secondly, it's not about willpower. It's about accepting your reality and doing what you need to do to be healthy. And sometimes the disease overpowers even that. (Willpower! It will cure your diabetes!)

//check this (new window) out if you want to learn more about meds used to treat a variety of the mentally interesting.
 
2011-10-24 09:04:44 PM

rosy621: ParagonComplex: I'd be willing to bet he stopped taking the meds because he was in a mania state which produces a euphoria better than drugs. The medicine brings the person down (usually lithium or some other ssri) totally killing their groove. That's the main reason people stop taking their bi-polar medication. I can;t say I wouldn't do the same if I suffered extreme lows for a long period of time, finally had an upswing, and some doctor tried to take it away from me. It's all about willpower.

First, Lithium is not an SSRI. SSRIs are (typically) contraindicated in bipolar because SSRIs can trigger mania. The idea behind bipolar meds is to stabilize-not too high, not too low. Just a nice rolling wave like most people experience. Some bipolar drugs can be incredibly sedating, but that's why there are many to try. Everyone reacts differently to different medications.

Secondly, it's not about willpower. It's about accepting your reality and doing what you need to do to be healthy. And sometimes the disease overpowers even that. (Willpower! It will cure your diabetes!)

//check this (new window) out if you want to learn more about meds used to treat a variety of the mentally interesting.


I'm a psychology major who just covered bi-polar disorder last week. You totally misunderstood what I was saying. The "willpower" remark was in reference to people not wanting to give up their euphoria so they stop the meds (like lithium) who brings them crashing back down and makes them zombie-like as well. SSRIs, yeah, some could trigger mania, some could trigger any number of things. One just needs to be aware of themselves and find the right combo of medication. People with bi-polar disorder who stay on top of things can even sense when things are amiss and when they need to get themselves checked out again. Plus there are different types of bi-polar disorder as well, and this article doesn't mention which he had. I'm guessing bi-polar 1. Thanks for the link, but I've no use for it since I have textbooks.
 
2011-10-24 10:26:06 PM
rosy621Thanks for the link, but I've no use for it since I have textbooks.

Maybe you should read the textbooks more carefully if you think a phrase like "lithium or other SSRIs" makes pharmacological sense. Or study pharmacology.
 
2011-10-26 04:54:22 AM

farkplug: rosy621Thanks for the link, but I've no use for it since I have textbooks.

Maybe you should read the textbooks more carefully if you think a phrase like "lithium or other SSRIs" makes pharmacological sense. Or study pharmacology.


I didn't say "lithium or other SSRIs". That was ParagonComplex. I was pointing out the difference. But I think you just might have mistakenly put my name in the reply. I know my meds, damn it! I will not have my name sullied! ;)
 
2011-10-26 05:08:35 AM

ParagonComplex: You totally misunderstood what I was saying. The "willpower" remark was in reference to people not wanting to give up their euphoria so they stop the meds (like lithium) who brings them crashing back down and makes them zombie-like as well.


No, I didn't misunderstand. I disagreed. Yes, you need to help yourself. But sometimes the disease just doesn't allow "willpower". One reason people may take the drugs is because they are not happy with the ups and downs... particularly the downs. So those people stick with their meds. But guess what? Sometimes a hypomania or even a mania can break through even though you've taken your meds. Then the roller coaster begins again because you are reminded how good those ups feel. And there went your willpower. That's why I don't agree that willpower has anything to do with true mental illness. Hard work and true change? That's one thing. Willpower? Not so much.
 
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