March 20, 2012 2 Comments
This I found out a long time ago:
People with hope recover after a bipolar diagnosis.
People who keep on having their hope taken away do not recover.
In 2010, Suzanne Beachy got up on stage to say about being the mother of a young man who was told he would never recover. The doctors who told him that he would never recover were right. It is very difficult to recover when your doctors are the ones taking your hope away. The young man died and the mother investigated. In sharing the truth she ends with these words,
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
The facts she presents are about recovery from having psychotic episodes and after schizophrenia diagnosis. This information is all widely known among those working to help people recover. What perhaps is less well-known is the same is true for the bipolar diagnosis. It is not something special about schizophrenia. All these emotional difficulties can be overcome when there is appropriate support from family and professionals. Firstly, family members need to take time to learn about emotional distress and realise that all the ‘symptoms’ are simply indications of the distress and are not coming from an illness.
Here is the video. Settle down as it worth watching the full 20 minutes and remembering that what happened to the woman’s son is happening all over the ‘developed world’ right now… over and over again.