Live from Emo Dojo
Live from Emo Dojo

Episode · 4 years ago

Bipolar is an emotional condition, not a behavioral one.


The planned topic got bumped due to another mass shooting in America. Tonight, John talks about bipolar and how people perceive those with mental illnesses as dangerous. But, are ALL mental disorders dangerous to others? Are they "dis" orders at all?

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Welcome back to bipolar style, thepodcast for bipolar people and those who love them. Join US online at bipolarstylecom and now use your host, Johnny motion. Thank you for tuning inand downloading the podcast. Hopefully you subscribe. That way you'll know every time Iupload a new one. You'll know right away. So if you haven'tsubscribed in Itunes, for example, just go in there and push the buttonsays subscribe. Cool. Wow, what a day, I man. Lotshappened. So just to recap, obviously, by the time you've heard this,there was a mass shooting in America again, some guy machine down abunch of people watching a concert, and..., yeah, it was whatdo you say about that? Is beside the obvious. So here's the here'sthe thing, man. So when you have bipolar disorder you really sensitive tothings. In fact, that's kind of what bipolar disorder seems like. isto me. It's like our brain is like a really finely tuned scientific instrument, but you can't actually take it outside in the environment because as the dynamicforces of NHU will wreck it. So has to be kind of BABIED.You kind of have to baby the bipolar brain. I guess it's a goodway to put it, but when you watch the news or a screen ofany sort, through your handheld or your tablet or computer whatever, eventually thosemessages will sneak through and affect your emotions. So you don't even have to gooutside or leave the house at all. Bad things can come to a bipolarperson through the screen. So beware...

...the Pixels, especially times like these, when there's a mass shooting. Turn off, unplug, go outside,hug a tree, pick some grass, you know, walk the dog,take a bike ride, just get away from your screens, just put yourphone down, walk away from the House. Just strongly encourage that because, likeI said, we're very sensitive to feelings and emotions. And, Ohboy, here's another weird thing I noticed on twitter today, especially. Soa lot of people accuse the the killer of being like a maniac or,you know, just basically throwing around a bunch of ablest terms that describe differentpsychiatric and Mental Health Disorders, so that, on top of having to deal withthe emotions of the videos you've seen and the audio you've heard, thenwe see through social media that people are,... know, dragging people are similarto us into the mix that, then you you're I'm type of personanyways. That's kind of bound to to defend oneself. And, man,don't get me on twitter during these times, especially in my personal account, Ijust rage directly at the president. Don't care. What is there tolose? We have to stand up for ourselves. And a day like todaywhere someone snaps, I don't know if that's even the right term. CanPeople just snap? The Guy didn't have a history of mental disorders and Sola very mysterious kind of situation. Anyway, I don't want people that are,for example, bipolar to be lumped in with people that that snap,totally different disorders. One of my pet peeves is when people hashtag bipolar asHashtag bpd, which is actually a totally...

...different kind of condition called borderline personalitydisorder, and that's treated a completely different way. That's a behavioral issue,not an emotional issue. By polar disorder is simply kind of a disregulation ofyour emotions. That's it, and we don't act whan, we're not killers. A lot of times, if you're having a conversation with the person inpublic and somehow the subject comes up, kind of common conversation and you tellthem you have bipolar disorder, they take a step back and give you thefunny look like all of a sudden, now you aren't axe murderer and we'renot. We're just emotional. Somebody asked what it's like to feel like andit really is. In my mind's kind of like being tigger from the Winniethe Pooh books, like being tigger and eat or at the same time.Now that's what it feels like. So... can imagine if it's, youknow, bipolar person simply has a wide range of sensitive emotions. We're notgoing to go out there and kill anybody. In fact, when we see killingsgo on in the news media, we kind of like entrench, wekind of like crawl back into the bed, but sometimes you can't. Sometimes youhave to go out into the world and and deal with it. Sothat was one of those days today, kind of stressful, I guess.If I had to give my my day and number and give it like afour out of ten, one to ten, I'd give to day for you know, and I was going to tell a story about my sister Katie,but then all of this killing happened and I don't really want the two storiesto lose effect, you know what I mean. So I'm going to justlet that sit for a minute and let people process the mass killing in LasVegas and I will tell my sister's story... a couple of days after thatkind of passes in. Well, at least a freshness does. It's funnywe noticed in the social media streams, you know, one one hour it'sLas Vegas shooting, then the next hour it's Tom Petty dies. So itreally is like the social media or the media in general, is always pushingthe tragedy of the hour. And just when you're when you're out there onsocial media or watching TV or even listening to the radio or whatnot, justbe aware that everyone has an agenda and sometimes it's just best to disconnect fora minute and take care of yourself. And and really I just I don'twant the whole show to be about negative things. It's just, I don'tknow, feels like a big weight was set upon us overnight and now thatyou know, kind of wake up with that feeling of dread once again morekilling. Was swiping through my flip book... the morning and I see justthese four hundred plus Mike. What for? How's that even possible? How doyou? How do you shoot four hundred people, five hundred plus people? Now almost six hundred people got shot by one dude. Wow, afenced in crowded people from thirty two floors up in the air. That's sick, sick. I don't know if I'm going to leave this in the show, Jeez. So, Hey, here's the tip. Look into this whileyou're out there surfing the Internet, if you must, just to get offsocial media. I saw a headline. Looked into a little bit, andthis is kind of trippy. That says they've done some studies now that indicatethe shorter you sleep, the shorter your life. That's easy way to rememberit written. You know, the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. So get lots of sleep, get...

...your full eight hours of sleep.I know when your bipolar, the doctor's pretty much gaged your mental health byyour sleep. First thing they always ask is how's your sleep? What areyou sleeping and you kind of tell them when you're sleeping, what your hoursare and if you getting enough, and if you're not, they'll give yousome heavier drugs to make sure you do get enough sleep. So they're alwaystrying to tame the mania through sleep, which, you know, I guessthat might work for some people, so cool. But Anyway, the shorteryou sleep, the shorter your life. Go Google that and read up onit. It's kind of interesting. Check that out. And while we're onthe topic of social media, just generally speaking, you'll see a lot ofpeople trying to raise awareness. Raise awareness I get. I get this visualof awareness being like a little flag on a stick, and somebody holds upa little stick and there's a flag. It says here's a cause, andthere's another stick with a little flag and and a cause on it, andpretty soon there's so many little sticks and...

...flags that you can't see anything andyou can't read what's on all of these little sticks and flags. So Ithink it's important to focus and choose your cause carefully and and kind of stickwith that and move it beyond just making people aware to taking action. So, for example, in the realm of mental health, in America especially,there could be a lot more government funding to look into the causes of thesethings instead of, you know, subsidies to pharmaceutical companies to keep drugging peoplethat have these conditions that you know. Frankly, some things like bipolar,I still have a hard time just discerning whether it's a disorder or where.Everybody else is just not sensitive enough. I would prefer that we live ina more kind, more sensitive world, and so there's always a debate onwhat things are even disorders and since they...

...can't cure bipolar, do they evenknow what it is? So we can talk about that in upcoming episodes.Speaking of upcoming episodes, I got the part I needed over the weekend.It's a little gadget that plugs into my iphone lightning port to a USB andthen I can put that up into my zoom mic and supposedly have super crystalclear telephone calls coming right into the mic with me. So that would benice. I have a couple people I'd look to interview right off the Bat. Several, actually, about four or five now. And Oh, torecap, last month, Diane Harwood, who I told you was kicking yourbutt on the leaderboard. She won, so she's getting a hold on,hold on, I'm coming. Yeah, okay, okay, Oh, andso I want to thank Diane Harwood.

She kicked everyone's but on the leaderboardin September. The leaderboards are now reset, so everyone has a new opportunity toget their emo Joe t shirt. I'm sending one out to Diane.That's awesome. I really appreciate all of her help. Sharing and retweeting.On twitter in particular seems like the best place to be really for this kindof show. There's lots of up to the minute articles and blog posts andile youtube videos, other podcasts and things like that specifically about bipolar disorder orborderline personality disorder, PTSD, all the different things, and they're easy tofind on twitter. So I appreciate it. If you hit me up on twitter. Just go to at bipolar style and follow. I always follow peopleback if I can tell that you're a real human and I love to haveyou. So that's probably about it for... Man, I got somuch to talk about really with the Katie story and something else along. Wesee my list. I got a list of upcoming topics really kind of diga little deeper into the whole meds versus nomads contingency, specifically with bipolar disorder, because medicating bipolar disorder it's really tricky. So a lot of times people stopthe MEDS and just go free balling to and whatever the hey can tofeel better. And there's also another side who swear by the meds and aretotally addicted to the pharmaceuticals. So those are awesome topics I look forward totalking to in the future. All right then, y'all, have a greatday. If you'd liked what you heard, subscribe on Apple Podcast by Itunes andjoin us at bipolar stylecom. Thanks for listening.

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