Will I Go Crazy?
diagnosed with mental illness can "snap out of it" if they really try.
retardation" is a type of mental illness.
Myth: If you get
too close to a bag lady, there is a good chance that she will become physically violent.
Myth: I'm with you
on that. But if a manic depressive has not taken his lithium that morning, watch
out! Because if he gets mad at you, his disorder will give him such a big
adrenalin rush that he will have the strength to kill you by accident.
Myth: If you are
diagnosed with a mental illness, kiss your chances of a brilliant career
Myth: When hiring
people who have been diagnosed mentally ill, give them behind-the-scenes jobs.
They are too emotional to deal with the general public; they are likely to lose
affective disorder is characterized by frequent mood swings.
A bipolar woman may become manic and, regardless of anything bad that happens to her, stay manic for weeks, even months. A bipolar man may not be able to pull out of a depression for years.
In real life, good and bad things happen much more often than every few months. And the moods of those of us not diagnosed with bipolar disorder tend to correspond fairly well to what is actually happening. The moods of untreated bipolars, on the other hand, correspond more to the chemicals in their brains than to the events in their lives. This gives most bipolars less frequent mood swings than others, on average.
Myth: Look, I'm
just trying to be honest: I have seen with my own eyes how bipolars tend to lose
their tempers over practically nothing. Their calm mood swings into an angry
mood at the drop of a hat.
Most bipolars take medicine for it.
Most of them become able to control their tempers as well as, and
often better than, the rest of us. But they are still pre-judged as unable to control
their tempers. That is called prejudice. Got feedback? Email
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