Live from Emo Dojo
Live from Emo Dojo

Episode · 4 years ago

Imbalance? Define "balanced."

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Lots of American footballers took a knee this weekend to protest the racist police state. The racist president made it worse, as usual. John Emotions riffs on the importance of protest, even to disabled people. 

Has anyone ever snitched on your bipolar to others? Have you ever been disloyal to a loved one and shared their private medical condition? John talks about the importance of being a good ally to bipolar people. You don't kick sick loved ones while they're down. What's the matter with people?

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Welcome back to bipolar style. Thisis johnny emotions. I'm happy to happy here. Thanks for downloading the PODCASTand having to listen today. We're talking about a couple of interesting things thathave kind of come across in the past a few days since the last podcast. The first thing we'll talk about is outing a loved one, meaning tellingother people that you're loved one has bipolar and will also talk about the takea knee weekend and the idea of how people with disabilities can also protests.So that would be kind of NEAT. But first let me thank our ourtop leaders on the leaderboard again. If you go to bipolar stylecom slash leaderboard, you'll see the people who are been...

...the most helpful in spreading our messageand we appreciate that. Our message is effectively get together in person. Soover the over the time you'll start to see the emo Joe logo on tshirtsand recognize other bipolar people and their loved ones. And I also encourage everybodyto find a local dbsa chapter and and maybe share there in person as well. If you want to be more anonymous and you'd like to share your storythrough this podcast, by all means. hit me up, email me.I love to hear from you. You can also follow me on twitter anddirect message me. I usually follow everybody back and we can communicate that way. So all is good. I hope you've been well in the past fewdays. Times are trippy these days. You know, the political atmosphere iswild hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes. It's a mess. It's just like allthe televangelist preachers used to predict. And you know, honestly, it's notthat bad. But I'm in California where,...

...you know, the worst thing thatcan happen is the shutdown some Nazis trying to give a speech at Berkeley. So until we have the big earthquake that we drop off. We're very, very fortunate here in California, both for the weather and legalized cannabis andmany other great things. So I'm happy to be in California. One ofthe cool things I did today, as a matter of fact, check thisout. I think it's good for bipolar folks to get exercise and this morningwe had a little bit different schedule at work. I got to go downto the boss's house. We did off site meeting to talk about some strategyand things like that. But he lives like ten miles in a different directionwhere there is no subway train, there's no like mass transit out that direction, but there is a fantastic bicycle trail from here to there. So ittook a ten mile bike ride to work this morning and took a ten milebike ride back home in the evening. Loved it. Got The blood pumpand sweat out all the toxins and if you're able to get out of bedand go for a walk or something,...

...man try that out. You loveit, especially if the weather's awesome, and I think it's getting pretty nicemost across the country. So if you're in America, I go enjoy thefall weather that we're starting to have and I get some fresh air. Italways do you good. That reminds me. I don't know why it reminds me, but something that keeps coming up. I wanted to do some research onbecause it just I'm a kind of a little bit OCD and I'm astickler for labels and naming things the right things and that sort of thing.So there's a big kind of mislabeling that happens in the psychiatric medicine community andthey just let people run with it. Is when they call bipolar a chemicaland balance. So yes, chemicals are involved, for sure. That's whatthe neuro transmitters work through, is the chemical center brains. All right,we got that. But to imply that there's an imbalance also implies that thereis a consensus on what, quote unquote,...

...balanced chemicals look like. Here inlies the problem. There is no consensus on what balance chemicals look like. There's a kind of a general conventional wisdom on how people should react tocertain things like, oh, that's not sad. Why are you crying?Or how come you get angry at something so small? I get that wherethat seems different, but to say that the chemicals are in balanced simply leavesone option open. What to rebalance the chemicals? Hey, and how doyou do that with capitalist pharmaceutical drugs? So just keep all those things intoconsideration. When you use terms like chemical and balance, it's easy and itkind of conveys an easy thought for for normies to understand. Oh, thechemical and balance, but it's dangerously misleading in that it implies the answer ismedicine from a doctor, from a capitalist...

...pharmaceutical company follow me. So anyway, it's wander rants on that for a second and also dig it a coupleof episodes. We talked about Maria Bamford, like liking or retweeting or something,you know, kind of made my night that night I was going throughthe twitter accounts at bipolar style and notice the Comic Theo Vaughan, is followingthe account. I think that's super cool. If you guys don't know who Theovan is, check him out. He's a kind of intellectual Budd he'sfrom we Asiana, so he has that drawl. So at first it thinking, Oh, this guy's going to be dumb, but now it's super cleverhumor. It's on Netflix. Check out Theo van and make you laugh.Do it. Speaking of twitter, whatever I'm doing, I'm like experiment andI don't I'm not a twitter expert or anything. So here's things I foundthat work on twitter. When people do cool things for you, thank them. If people mention you at all, press the little heart and retweeted,and if people follow you, follow them...

...back in less their spammy accounts.Then it's fair to unfollow spammy accounts that are just you know, social mediais, you know, by these clicks and likes or whatever. Yeah,don't. Obviously don't follow those. But so if you see real humans ontwitter, follow them back and engage with them, and it seems to work. So our twitter accounts growing organically, you know, almost exponentially. Dayby day we get more and more users and users were we'll call the followers. So I hope you are one of them. Go over to twitter andlook for us at bipolar style, US meaning me and the mouse in mypocket at this point. And well, it's getting towards the end of themonth. It's September right, and in a week or so it'll be October, and then the bipolar leaderboard re freshes. So at the end of each monthall of the leaderboard points go back to zero and then you can startearning more points. You earn points by...

...sharing things like our support page,which has lots of great links to bipolar resources. You could sign up toour email list. That'll get you some points. Follow us on twitter,comment on Facebook, you know, you get the drill. If you doany of those things, you will get points on our leaderboard and I'm goingto start sending out Schwag tshirts and whatnot to the leaders each month. Cool. So go there, check it out and go to bipolar STYLECOMLA leaderboard.Help get the word out, spread some good vibes and maybe even save alife. So do that. And let's get to the actual topics I wantedto talk about, because you know I don't like to do super long podcasts. The first thing is the take Aknee weekend. It's really big deal thisweekend. Apparently Colin Kaepernick of formerly the San Francisco for Ers, in hisprotest of police brutality and kind of general oppression of minority races, took aknee and decided not to salute the flag...

...during the national anthem, and thatis now spread to a thing where, since he's not able to get ajob, nobody's hiring him. This season, this footballer in American coy other footballplayers have taken up the stance of taking a knee as well, soI think it's pretty cool. It reminds me of the old video I usedto see, like on Youtube, of back in the Olympics, I thinkthe s or so, when the black athletes raise their fists in protest.That was pretty Badass and I think this is kind of cool too. TheRacist President we have has kind of turned it into a race issue. Hedoesn't like particularly black and Brown athletes doing things without his permission. So eventhough he would like to see them on their knees and this case, hedoes not want them to take a knee. So yeah, it's troublesome here inAmerica having outwardly races president. So he talked a bunch of mad shitabout the basketball team, the warriors,...

...because Steph curry didn't want to goto the White House. He said I'm not going and then trump, likea baby, said fine, you're not invited. You know that kind ofthing on twitter of all places, right of course. So He disinvited NBA, you know, primarily black players. He dismissed the NFL, called themsons of bitches. They're primarily black, but he did say good things aboutNASCAR fans, primarily white, and he also invited the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teamto the White House now and they are all white. No black people onthat team. So caters to the white people, puts down the black people. I mean, big old dog whistle to the racist in America. It'sreally troubling. So I just wanted to say you just kind of obvious reminderlike back in the days of Hitler, they actually came for the disabled peoplefirst because nobody spoke up. So if you think you're above it, becauseOh, I'm you know those guys are, they're rich, they shouldn't protest.Well, you know, the fact of the matter is we live ina society. It was built on racism,...

...rape, torture, murder and slavery. So you've got to acknowledge that to live here in America. Soif you don't acknowledge that, go get on the Internet and study the historyof America. Now that you're in America in two thousand and seventeen, youhave to really take into consideration that if true fascist took over and wanted tosilence the masses, they would start with, quote unquote, crazy people like you, like me. So when you see somebody protesting about being treated unfairly, especially if they are depressed minority, just remember you are an oppressed minority. You just don't realize it. People that are mentally ill are or aminority for sure, and they're definitely oppressed. So not to take away the painthat that minorities like black folks and Brown people feel yeah, just don'tthink you're immune to it just because you're white. If you're white and youtake medicine and are on some doctors you know spreadsheet that you're a patient,then you could be on somebody else's list...

...as well. So just totally beaware of that and, more importantly, don't be so harsh on people protesting. If you see the quote unquote, anti file in the street, thinkabout it. There wouldn't be. ANTIFA is an organic reaction to fascism.There's no leader of Antifi. You can't write to the corporate office and sayDear Antifa. It's not how it works. These are regular people that show upto fight fascists. If you haven't thought of these ideas of protests differently, think about where America is right now and just take it to heart.Don't panic or freak out about it, but just realize that people protesting havereally good reasons to protest. Nobody's gonna stand out, stick their neck outif they really didn't feel passionately about something. You know, whatever, it isokay. And so the last topic is about outing a loved one.So in a group anonymously. I heard a story, let's say, abouta person who's loved one decided to go...

...tell their family and friends about persona's bipolar condition. So the thing was person, a trusted person, bewith their medical history secret, whatever you want to call it. I meanbasically their private to see, much in the same way a cancer patient orAIDS patient or anybody was something they didn't want others to know. That's thesame way with bipolar. So if you know somebody who is bipolar, it'snot up to you to tell anybody else about it. I feel this verypersonally. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar, my exwife would tell peoplein her sphere not only that I was bipolar, but that I was adrug addict, that I was a loser, that I was all these other thingsthat I actually wasn't. I was simply sick. But you know,that's that's taking being mean to a whole another level. But just if youwant to be a good friend to a bipolar people hold their privacy with them. You know they're not telling you that...

...they're bipolar because they want you tobe a megaphone to the rest of the world. They want to control theirmessage. So don't sell them out. They're not going to tell your dirtysecrets to the world either, and that's how friendships and families and loved onesshould treat each other. They should be kind and respect each other's privacy.So in the case that I was listening to earlier, yeah, it gotkind of out of hand. A lot of the respondents were really hammering theperson. The person was actually person be who had spread the story and theywere trying to defend themselves like I have a right, you know, Ihave my rights, I have my feelings too, and which is true.But if you're voluntarily in a relationship with someone that you know is sick,that's your responsibility to navigate that piece your piece. Don't don't just blame thefact that you can't handle the relationship on the fact that you're now spilling theirsecrets. So that doesn't make sense. It doesn't old water as an argument. It's totally illogical. Just be kind...

...and if people tell you something inprivacy, keep their secrets private. Makes Sense. Sounds pretty simple anyhow,bell rang, it's time for me to get out of here. I hopeyou have a fantastic next couple of days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. MaybeI'll check in. went to Thursday. Hope to you on the Internet.Check US online at bipolar stylecom. We're also in Itunes, stitcher,Google play and on twitter, of course. Yeah, that's where all the actionsseems to be at bipolar style. It's great being with you. I'mglad you were here. I'm glad you're here. If you want to talkon the air, get a hold of me through the website and check outthe next Thursday. Ja.

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