What’s going on?
I am really tired today. I am up early because I have a meeting at 6:00 today. It’s a major pain because I have to drive towards New York City. There is so much traffic it’s a joke.
Anyway, I was looking over at some past blog comments and saw this one which addresses a VERY important point about bipolar disorder. VERY.
Did I say “VERY?” 🙂
Okay. Bi-polar38 said on my blog…
NOTE-Bi-polar38 is a “handle” or screen name. That’s not the person’s real name.
Anyway she wrote:
To David Oliver 🙂
I just received your e-mail about the blogs that you have been getting, and I am really sorry to hear that people have been doing that to you.
I hope that you do not shut down the site or the blogs, I just love the site and the blogs, I think they are the greatest thing out here.
I have learned so much about Bi-polar from this site, and from your blogs and the blogs from others. I am a Bi-polar survivor myself. for years I have felt so alone, I knew other people had it to, but did not know how to find them, I tripped up on your site one day and was blown away. Your blogs and site have helped my life, and my life with my awesome, understanding boyfriend so much.
I learn a lot from you David, I think that you are such a great person, too bad I could not meet you in person, that would be an awesome day! I think that you are such a great person because you care so much about us BP people, you reach out and help us in any way you can, you are very informative, you are a great person for what you do and sharw, I just love ya… not in that way of course, you know what I mean!
don’t let the ignorance of others take away what you work so hard on to share with us, don’t let their harsh words shut you down, and the blogs! I know it is hard, but shut them out, block them out, they are not informed like you are, so don’t let them ruin a good thing…your the best David Oliver…simply the best, and it sounds like you have an awesome team behind you as well, let the words bounce off of you, and focus on the people who adore you!! your doing such an awesome thing here!!!!”
First I wanted to say that, yes, we have a great team. There are lots of people who work behind the scenes to make all this happen. We have more than 20 people working on things.
More than 70% of them have one or more disorders as well.
The statement that I keyed in on with this blog post was:
“I am a Bi-polar survivor myself. for years I have felt so alone, I knew other people had it to, but did not know how to find them.”
It got me to thinking. I remember with my mom She was thinking there were only a few people with bipolar disorder in all of New Jersey. SIDE NOTE-For international readers, New Jersey is the state by New York on the north east coast of The United States of America.
It was odd to me that my mom thought that way. I didn’t know how many people there were with bipolar disorder, but I knew it had to be more than a few.
But I never met anyone that I knew of or spoke to anyone with the disorder when I first started helping my mom or growing up.
My mom said she only met one person in 40 years with bipolar disorder.
When I started this site I had no idea how many people would be interested. After about one year, I determined there are millions of people dealing with bipolar disorder. I could figure it out because of how I buy my advertising and a complex formula that I have.
Then I had the statistics researched for me.
Did you know that 4.4 percent of American adults has a form of bipolar disorder? At this time, the U.S. census reports the adult population at 210 million, so that means that over 9 million adults have bipolar disorder right now. That’s why most of the information published is directed toward people who have the disorder.
What about the supporters of these people, though? If we were to assume that there are two, or even three, supporters (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) for every individual with bipolar disorder, we could be talking about over 22.5 million people! That’s more than 10% of the adult population! And there is very little information published for them-especially information telling them what they are doing wrong.
When I first started this, my goal was to find as many people as possible dealing with bipolar disorder and present the realities of the disorder for those with it and those who were bipolar supporters.
Sometimes people don’t like hearing what I have to say. They almost want it not to be true.
In my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I give you all of what I have learned and what others have learned to be successful with bipolar disorder. I give lots of strategies but one of the most important parts of my systems and courses is hearing other people talk about bipolar disorder.
It’s important to realize that you are not alone — and you aren’t. There are millions upon millions of people dealing with bipolar disorder.
Hey I have to head off t the gym and do my morning and evening workout together.
Catch you tomorrow.
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