Welcome to the new Bipolar 1 Survivor blog!
I was not planning on becoming a ‘bipolar illness blogger’. I wanted to maybe do some guests posts on other blogs, try to get a gig writing for some major website about bipolar and get some marketing juice for my book in the process.
But that didn’t work out. And as I started to get more in tune with the information about bipolar that was out on the Web and being promoted by major sites and bipolar organizations such as the International Bipolar Foundation I balked a bit.
The information being promoted was primarily Big Pharma propaganda – without opposing voices or legit scientific information. And these blogs and groups seemed to be promoting the illness, wanting more people diagnosed bipolar. Not going to be a part of that, I thought. And also “that’s pretty sick what is going on”.
Related post: Why I Need to Speak Out.
So here I am. The opposing voice I didn’t see – and someone willing to dig deeper and provide information of value even if it isn’t commonly accepted by the status quo. Not yet at least.
Lives Are at Stake
Why speak out and not just be a part of the status quo? Why not tow the party line, get invited to the online parties and become buddies with the powers that be so that I am more accepted and maybe then get writing gigs promoting the same BS?
Lives are at stake. The health of innocent children and vulnerable elderly is at stake. And the future of medical research and treatment options for this very poorly understood genetically-based illness – Manic Depression now called Bipolar 1 Disorder – is at stake.
I want my son, future grandchildren and all of us who come from the lineage that has given some form of biochemical vulnerability in the gene pool we arose out of that can then come into expression during our life as a very serious and often debilitating mental illness to have better treatment options.
Actual treatment that has a sound scientific base – not ‘paid for science propaganda’ that then becomes accepted by the mainstream – and promoted by unethical physicians – as scientific fact. Like what happened with the Chemical Imbalance Theory.
Related post: How Was the Chemical Imbalance Theory Developed?
I want this illness to be better understood from an actual biological standpoint. Not second-guessed about after drug patents are given and synthetic medications produced that then need to be marketed and sold… and information about the damage they are capable of inflicting on those who take them swept under the rug. When there’s lots of money to be made, it seems the medical community in general really can’t be trusted.
We not only need more opposing voices against the status quo in the bipolar community we need more ethical physicians such as these amazing Ninja Docs who are willing to speak out.
Related post: Psychiatrists Who Speak Out About Psychiatry.
And we need actual bipolar disorder – now called Bipolar 1 Disorder – to not get lost in the sea of overdiagnosing, misdiagnosing and thowing everything that affects moods into the current ‘include everything, even the kitchen sink’ current over-broad Bipolar Spectrum nonsense.
Everyone is Welcome and All Views are Accepted.
But let’s speak clearly. Honestly and with the intent of moving forward towards better understanding of and treatment options for all mood disorders.
I hope you will join me in this fight. We need more alternate voices.