Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mental Illness Stigma Takes Another Hit

 Recently a 9 year old girl was killed, and her body dismembered by a "trusted" family friend who was acting as a babysitter. This man had taken care of the girl's mother's father as he died, and currently had the girl and her sister staying with him while their mother was sick.

For reasons presently unknown he hit the little girl repeatedly in the head with a brick until she was dead. He then placed her body in plastic bags, and put her body in a freezer. Later thaat day, he took her body out of the freezer and cut it into pieces, which he wrapped up and distributed in a number of dumpsters. The head, feet and hands he kept in the freezer in his trailer.

He initially acted innocent, stating that he couldn't hurt an animal or a person. About a week after she went missing, he admitted his role, and part of the story was closed. However, it was soon learned that he had had numerous felony arrests and convictions, among them a 2007 child-molestation charge in North Carolina. He had somehow removed himself from that states registry, and moved to Indiana without registering as a sexual offender.

It is only a matter of time, I fear, until we learn that this man is "mentally ill", and once again all of us who are mentally ill will be grouped together with this monster. Along our journey to inclusion of mental illness into society, we will once again be derailed by a false accusation that "all mentally-ill people are created equal".

Two steps forward and one step back. Progress is only slowed, but not halted. The time will come when the stigma is eliminated, but that time will be a little longer.

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