Ooooh, Dr. Oz. Don’t get me started. I have Bipolar I, and I swear he is singlehandedly responsible for the endless litany of ‘if you only tried turmeric milk three times a day, I bet you could cure yourself.’ type of advice. Well, him and my other archenemy, Gwyneth Paltrow and goop.com.
Very interesting Amanda. Thank you for sharing your story so courageously :). This link might help you find some answers: https://medium.com/@inspireyourselflc/how-to-beat-depression-overcome-depression-in-toronto-107badd3ca70#.pu5t6kno8
It’s comforting to read this from a journalist’s perspective. I have Bipolar I, and it does seem that many horrible acts of violence have either ‘bipolar’ or ‘schizophrenia’ in the headline or the lede. It’s never later confirmed nor denied, but I guess it’s good for attracting eyeballs?
Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve added that title to my list. I agree with you, and apparently Jamison, but I always qualify the correlation as a “strong maybe” because I don’t want to trivialize or put pressure on people with bipolarity who do not “write a decade-defining rock song and then swallow a shotgun” or “fill museums with priceless art and then cut off an ear”.