The West, which is known to suffer from bipolar disorder, it was clear during episodes of mania, but that didn’t stop people from becoming public breakdown in funny memes for everyone to laugh about it on the Internet. It was only when his wife made a public statement about his powerlessness in relation to his mental illness, that the tide of public opinion turned from condemnation to something like compassion.
We can all be advocates of mental health when it comes to anxiety and depression and maybe a bit of a good SURR. It is not easy to do – not at all – but we have much more understanding and compassion about them than we were ten years ago. With more complex mental disorders, however, there is still a long way to go.
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, psychosis — these do not have anything like the right amount of awareness attached to them. All too often, the person suffering from the condition in guilt, not of the state itself. The West, with support, hopefully, will be fine. And as for the bipolar sufferer at home, watching the masses to tear him suffer from the condition, which is not their fault?
Another much misunderstood part of the mental health conversation addiction, a double whammy of mental illness that often develops as a way to cope with pre-existing. There is no doubt that I was addicted to alcohol and drugs in particular, as a way to cope with terrible Intrusive thoughts that I experienced from the age of 11, but it was easier for me to talk about those thoughts than it was a faulty coping mechanism that I created in an attempt to cope with them. In the grip of alcoholism, drug addiction and OCD, I behaved badly – but I see now that I was bad, not because I’m a bad person, but because I was terribly harmful.