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John | Podcasting

Episode · 4 years ago

Bipolar is an emotional condition, not a behavioral one.

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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, the podcast for bipolar people and those who love them. Join US online at bipolar stylecom and now use your host, Johnny motion. Thank you for tuning in and downloading the podcast. Hopefully you subscribe. That way you'll know every time I upload a new one. You'll know right away. So if you haven't subscribed in Itunes, for example, just go in there and push the button says subscribe. Cool. Wow, what a day, I man. Lots happened. So just to recap, obviously, by the time you've heard this, there was a mass shooting in America again, some guy machine down a bunch of people watching a concert, and...

...so, yeah, it was what do you say about that? Is beside the obvious. So here's the here's the thing, man. So when you have bipolar disorder you really sensitive to things. In fact, that's kind of what bipolar disorder seems like. is to 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 dynamic forces 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 good way to put it, but when you watch the news or a screen of any sort, through your handheld or your tablet or computer whatever, eventually those messages will sneak through and affect your emotions. So you don't even have to go outside or leave the house at all. Bad things can come to a bipolar person 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 your phone down, walk away from the House. Just strongly encourage that because, like I said, we're very sensitive to feelings and emotions. And, Oh boy, here's another weird thing I noticed on twitter today, especially. So a 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 different psychiatric and Mental Health Disorders, so that, on top of having to deal with the emotions of the videos you've seen and the audio you've heard, then we see through social media that people are,...

...you know, dragging people are similar to us into the mix that, then you you're I'm type of person anyways. 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, I just rage directly at the president. Don't care. What is there to lose? We have to stand up for ourselves. And a day like today where someone snaps, I don't know if that's even the right term. Can People just snap? The Guy didn't have a history of mental disorders and Sol a 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 as Hashtag bpd, which is actually a totally...

...different kind of condition called borderline personality disorder, 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 of your 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 in public and somehow the subject comes up, kind of common conversation and you tell them you have bipolar disorder, they take a step back and give you the funny look like all of a sudden, now you aren't axe murderer and we're not. We're just emotional. Somebody asked what it's like to feel like and it really is. In my mind's kind of like being tigger from the Winnie the Pooh books, like being tigger and eat or at the same time. Now that's what it feels like. So...

...you can imagine if it's, you know, bipolar person simply has a wide range of sensitive emotions. We're not going to go out there and kill anybody. In fact, when we see killings go on in the news media, we kind of like entrench, we kind of like crawl back into the bed, but sometimes you can't. Sometimes you have to go out into the world and and deal with it. So that 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 a four 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 stories to lose effect, you know what I mean. So I'm going to just let that sit for a minute and let people process the mass killing in Las Vegas and I will tell my sister's story...

...in a couple of days after that kind of passes in. Well, at least a freshness does. It's funny we noticed in the social media streams, you know, one one hour it's Las Vegas shooting, then the next hour it's Tom Petty dies. So it really is like the social media or the media in general, is always pushing the tragedy of the hour. And just when you're when you're out there on social media or watching TV or even listening to the radio or whatnot, just be aware that everyone has an agenda and sometimes it's just best to disconnect for a minute and take care of yourself. And and really I just I don't want the whole show to be about negative things. It's just, I don't know, feels like a big weight was set upon us overnight and now that you know, kind of wake up with that feeling of dread once again more killing. Was swiping through my flip book...

...in the morning and I see just these four hundred plus Mike. What for? How's that even possible? How do you? How do you shoot four hundred people, five hundred plus people? Now almost six hundred people got shot by one dude. Wow, a fenced 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 while you're out there surfing the Internet, if you must, just to get off social media. I saw a headline. Looked into a little bit, and this is kind of trippy. That says they've done some studies now that indicate the shorter you sleep, the shorter your life. That's easy way to remember it 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 by your sleep. First thing they always ask is how's your sleep? What are you sleeping and you kind of tell them when you're sleeping, what your hours are and if you getting enough, and if you're not, they'll give you some heavier drugs to make sure you do get enough sleep. So they're always trying to tame the mania through sleep, which, you know, I guess that might work for some people, so cool. But Anyway, the shorter you sleep, the shorter your life. Go Google that and read up on it. It's kind of interesting. Check that out. And while we're on the topic of social media, just generally speaking, you'll see a lot of people trying to raise awareness. Raise awareness I get. I get this visual of awareness being like a little flag on a stick, and somebody holds up a little stick and there's a flag. It says here's a cause, and there's another stick with a little flag and and a cause on it, and pretty soon there's so many little sticks and...

...flags that you can't see anything and you can't read what's on all of these little sticks and flags. So I think it's important to focus and choose your cause carefully and and kind of stick with 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 these things instead of, you know, subsidies to pharmaceutical companies to keep drugging people that 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 in a more kind, more sensitive world, and so there's always a debate on what things are even disorders and since they...

...can't cure bipolar, do they even know 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 and then I can put that up into my zoom mic and supposedly have super crystal clear telephone calls coming right into the mic with me. So that would be nice. I have a couple people I'd look to interview right off the Bat. Several, actually, about four or five now. And Oh, to recap, last month, Diane Harwood, who I told you was kicking your butt on the leaderboard. She won, so she's getting a hold on, hold on, I'm coming. Yeah, okay, okay, Oh, and so I want to thank Diane Harwood.

She kicked everyone's but on the leaderboard in September. The leaderboards are now reset, so everyone has a new opportunity to get 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 kind of show. There's lots of up to the minute articles and blog posts and ile youtube videos, other podcasts and things like that specifically about bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder, PTSD, all the different things, and they're easy to find on twitter. So I appreciate it. If you hit me up on twitter. Just go to at bipolar style and follow. I always follow people back if I can tell that you're a real human and I love to have you. So that's probably about it for...

...now. Man, I got so much to talk about really with the Katie story and something else along. We see my list. I got a list of upcoming topics really kind of dig a 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 stop the MEDS and just go free balling to and whatever the hey can to feel better. And there's also another side who swear by the meds and are totally addicted to the pharmaceuticals. So those are awesome topics I look forward to talking to in the future. All right then, y'all, have a great day. If you'd liked what you heard, subscribe on Apple Podcast by Itunes and join us at bipolar stylecom. Thanks for listening.

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