Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bipolar in Focus - On Empathy and Bipolar Disorder




Content removed until further notice


Support Taming the Polar Bears

 

If you enjoy or benefit from the information you gain from this blog, or see the importance of it for yourself or for others in understanding and working on your/their mental health conditions or if you're in the mental health professions or otherwise see the importance of the work done and presented in this blog, please consider donating and supporting it. 

All the writing and research is done by a single individual - Brad Esau - who himself has been disabled due to the long term effects of his condition and who lives on a very minimal pension and thus has great difficulty supporting himself. 

For a one time donation, you can simply follow this link and instructions there - https://www.paypal.me/TamingThePolarBears.

Don't have a PayPal account? No worries, getting one is fast and free.

Your donation goes to a fund controlled by a third party team who support Brad and his Taming the Polar Bears project (Gregory Esau is his brother and the fund bank account is in his name). 

Or if you'd like to make a regular small monthly contribution, please contact this email address - lanina1101@gmail.com - and include in the subject line: monthly donation with the amount you wish to donate on a monthly basis. 

Please state your paypal address and name in the email.


Thank you so much for your support!


13 comments:

  1. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for this piece. Tears streaming down my face. It is very difficult to live like this. I may not be bi-polar but I am overly emphatic. And I understand what your reader wrote 100%.
    I hope you will follow up soon with an article on how to overcome this. It is very hard not to become hopeless and utterly depressed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are most welcome, Nina. Thank you for reading.

      A follow up post is in the works and will be published soon.

      Delete
  2. Thank you Brad. I have been criticized for being too emotional and have suffered from the weight of the world problems, injustice.. I realize I have been this way since childhood. When I am in the "up" side of my disorder, I put things into action to help others. It helps takes the focus off myself and I feel better. When I am depressed, I basically do as little as possible and I have a hard time caring about myself or anything, anyone else, for that matter. So from my experience, I feel more empathtic when I am in a more positive frame of mind.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you too for reading and responding, Trudy. Your experiences when you're "up" or "down" reflect what many (and probably most) bipolar people experience.

      Delete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. My son who is now 34 just got outta the hospital today. He was diagnosed 10 yrs ago as Bipolar. I said from the get go he thinks to much he doesn't forget anything and when he is on his meds he is the type of person who will give you the shirt off his back. Right after he was diagnosed he was severely depressed he drove himself to the hospital but told me later he didn't stay because he thought the people that were waiting in the ERIC needed the help more than he did.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for sharing. Yes, the almost always over-active thought circuits are common in us.

      I wish him all the best. I hope you can gain value from other posts in this blog.

      Delete
  6. Thank you so much for this post!! When I was a little girl I was diagnosed with depression which I was put on Valium. The older I go I was diagnosed with Anxiety disorder, then Bi-Polar Disorder, at one point even told I was Manic Depressive. All I knew was that when people hurt I hurt. when animals hurt I hurt. When plants are hurting I hurt, even bugs. Yep I am even a bug savior, talking to them, making sure they are OK and out of harms way. I have to be honest and say this ....well this just wears me out. I want to take everyones pain away, but when I can't I beat myself up. As a matter of fact I am doing the same thing as we speak. Here, taking care of my Sis. My heart and soul wants to help everyone, but my body cannot keep up. My peace only comes when I am alone. No news...no person setting next to me, just me and my solitude. This is the only thing that turns the blender in my head off.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I quite understand.

      It is, however, something we must learn to understand more about ourselves and learn to "tame" and control better. Otherwise, as you've noticed, it will almost literally eat us alive. Please stay tuned for further posts on empathy.

      Delete
  7. Nice post, thanks blogger for sharing this information (Buy Modvigil)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi, I loved your post and I believe it is true, we are born with brains that work differently (highly empathetic since 3 y/o) mixed with external stimuli or triggers is like the perfect recipe for any mental illness (in my case BPII).
    Keep up the good work and remember that we all are unicorns, the difference is that some will die never knowing it xoxo.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi, I loved your post and I believe it is true, we are born with brains that work differently (highly empathetic since 3 y/o) mixed with external stimuli or triggers is like the perfect recipe for any mental illness (in my case BPII).
    Keep up the good work and remember that we all are unicorns, the difference is that some will die never knowing it xoxo.

    ReplyDelete