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Friends,

This is just a thought, hopefully a constructive one, that I keep coming back to as I read a lot of posts. I know it is conducive to easier communication to have abbreviations and shared glossary terms. However, it also really makes it sound as if you are limited or restricted to expressing yourself in terms defined by not just the illness but the even narrower scope of medicine and doctors. I see a lot of posts with long accompanying threads where it seems instability of health/treatment always comes up along with an almost obsessive focus on the disorder in a vacuum along with meds and doctors.

Try to remember these things. The tool used to perceive illness is the very thing that is ill. This is what sets our predicament apart from most others. Second, we are not the illness. The illness is part of us. There is nothing wrong with us. There isn't even anything wrong with our mind. It is the brain, the tool, the instrument, the organ, the machine, etc. Granted, this organ is tied to much of our existence. But it is JUST the tool and it is ALL that is disabled. Since we are led to believe that our brain is the center of life, it's being disabled easily derails our lives. However, is it really so hard to consider that perhaps our mind and/or our emotions are not exclusive to any thing or place on this physical plane. Im not suggesting or limiting this to any particular spirituality or philosophy. I simply think it is reasonable to consider ALL of our components when one is malfunctioning, ESPECIALLY if it is something so commonly placed at the center of everything as the brain.

Consider this: Our heart, the entity, has nothing to do with our actual heart, the organ. So, who's to say our mind, the entity, is tied to our brain, the organ. Once again, the brain is the tool which we use to perceive everything in our finite existence as well as anything infinite and beyond. It is limited and finite to begin with. No one can claim different, mentally ill or not. This perspective can truly remove this disruptive disorder from popping up everywhere in our lives to taking its own limited and REAL place in our lives. Take it from me, every day we wake up, it will try again to demand all of our attention, like a child. But our mind sires many children. All are entitled to our attention. You can tell this one to wait its turn. Trust me. I know it takes over our lives. But its YOUR life. Not the disorder's. You're the boss.

I was inspired to write this because in some way, I recognize patterns in people and in systems. A messageboard for people with bipolar disorder can be a highly effective weapon in the arsenal we all must build to fight this nuisance. However, if it seems to be serving the illness, we must step back and realize that that is just what the illness wants. It wants all of our attention and energy until we have nothing to give and start to lose whats left of our hope and willpower. Let's not ever let these boards be entirely taken over by fruitless dwelling on meds and doctors. They ARE a part of the illness which, like I said, is part of you. But just as the disorder is not you, meds/doctors are not the disorder. They are one facet. To survive and flourish, I have built quite an arsenal against my disorder and meds/doctors is just one of many weapons/tactics. It is my sincerest hope that any insight I have gained into this bipolar experience will take on its own flight into the worlds of others fending off similar demons. My support and best wishes to you all.

John Wilkey
[QUOTE=mrwilkey;3941178]Friends,

This is just a thought, hopefully a constructive one, that I keep coming back to as I read a lot of posts. I know it is conducive to easier communication to have abbreviations and shared glossary terms. However, it also really makes it sound as if you are limited or restricted to expressing yourself in terms defined by not just the illness but the even narrower scope of medicine and doctors. I see a lot of posts with long accompanying threads where it seems instability of health/treatment always comes up along with an almost obsessive focus on the disorder in a vacuum along with meds and doctors.

Try to remember these things. The tool used to perceive illness is the very thing that is ill. This is what sets our predicament apart from most others. Second, we are not the illness. The illness is part of us. There is nothing wrong with us. There isn't even anything wrong with our mind. It is the brain, the tool, the instrument, the organ, the machine, etc. Granted, this organ is tied to much of our existence. But it is JUST the tool and it is ALL that is disabled. Since we are led to believe that our brain is the center of life, it's being disabled easily derails our lives. However, is it really so hard to consider that perhaps our mind and/or our emotions are not exclusive to any thing or place on this physical plane. Im not suggesting or limiting this to any particular spirituality or philosophy. I simply think it is reasonable to consider ALL of our components when one is malfunctioning, ESPECIALLY if it is something so commonly placed at the center of everything as the brain.

Consider this: Our heart, the entity, has nothing to do with our actual heart, the organ. So, who's to say our mind, the entity, is tied to our brain, the organ. Once again, the brain is the tool which we use to perceive everything in our finite existence as well as anything infinite and beyond. It is limited and finite to begin with. No one can claim different, mentally ill or not. This perspective can truly remove this disruptive disorder from popping up everywhere in our lives to taking its own limited and REAL place in our lives. Take it from me, every day we wake up, it will try again to demand all of our attention, like a child. But our mind sires many children. All are entitled to our attention. You can tell this one to wait its turn. Trust me. I know it takes over our lives. But its YOUR life. Not the disorder's. You're the boss.

I was inspired to write this because in some way, I recognize patterns in people and in systems. A messageboard for people with bipolar disorder can be a highly effective weapon in the arsenal we all must build to fight this nuisance. However, if it seems to be serving the illness, we must step back and realize that that is just what the illness wants. It wants all of our attention and energy until we have nothing to give and start to lose whats left of our hope and willpower. Let's not ever let these boards be entirely taken over by fruitless dwelling on meds and doctors. They ARE a part of the illness which, like I said, is part of you. But just as the disorder is not you, meds/doctors are not the disorder. They are one facet. To survive and flourish, I have built quite an arsenal against my disorder and meds/doctors is just one of many weapons/tactics. It is my sincerest hope that any insight I have gained into this bipolar experience will take on its own flight into the worlds of others fending off similar demons. My support and best wishes to you all.

John Wilkey[/QUOTE]

I had difficulty understanding some parts of your post, but let me say this in response to the sections I understood: I come to this board for support. I don't have anyone in my family who understands what it means to have BP except for 2 individuals. I don't have alot of friends who understand BP either.

Thanks to this board, I've made many wonderful friends who know what it's like to have BP.

No offense, but I consider my pdoc, tdoc and meds to be a vital part of my disorder. If it weren't for my meds, therapy or meetings with my pdoc, I'd never survive.

There's a difference between constantly focusing on our illness vs. taking an active role to deal with it the best we can. I think most people on the board are doing the latter.

I too, am curious to know whether or not you have BP. If so, I would hope that you'd have a better understanding of how significant a disorder BP is and how much of an impact it can have on someone's life. If you don't, I suggest that you educate yourself on what BP is.





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