Bipolar Disorder? Make sure you do this.


I hope today is a good day for you.

Today I want to talk to you about:


We hear a lot about appreciating things in life, big and small.

But the big things we should appreciate a lot – Like the fact that we are even alive, that counts for a lot.

Being healthy.

Our spouses, families, and children…and their health and well-being.

Our homes. Our cars (and the fact that they run).

Our jobs. Financial security.

But where does bipolar disorder fit into all that?

Those are all GOOD things, you’re probably thinking.

How can you possibly appreciate something like bipolar disorder?

You probably think I’m crazy.

In my courses/systems I talk about bipolar episodes, about having them and how to avoid having them.





I’m not saying having bipolar disorder is something to appreciate (that WOULD be crazy of me! 🙂

But what I’m saying is to appreciate the NON-episode times.

Many people think that bipolar disorder consists of episode after episode, but that’s not true.

In the normal course of the disorder, people can go months and even years between episodes.

What I’m telling you is to appreciate the NON-episode times.

Yes, you do still need to be prepared for episodes when they do come, I’m not saying that you don’t.

And you do still need to be vigilant and watch for signs and symptoms of episodes so that you can catch them before they happen.

Still be careful of triggers that may signal an impending episode.

But there are longer periods of normalcy than there are periods of episodes, and I’m saying to appreciate THOSE times.

Hey, I am heading off to the gym now. Catch you tomorrow.


David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.


  2. Dave,
    I would like to hear more form you and thanks for the advice It has helped me a lot. I have something that I want to share with you. I found it on a web site I don’t remember where. I’m just searching though my faith as a Christian and it has inspired me. I’ll share it with you.

    Romans. The 28th verse says, “. . . they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.” Little or nothing is taught about God, but even in the elementary grades the basic concept—the approach to knowledge—is evolution.

    When Jesus Christ spoke on earth 4,000 years later, only 120 people believed what he said (Acts 1:15), though he preached his message from God to multiple thousands.

    The prophet Isaiah quotes God himself, saying: “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? . . . Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth” (Isa. 40:25-26).

    why,” taunts God to the doubter, “you are things of naught, you can do nothing at all!” (Isa. 41:21-24, Moffatt). These scriptures reveal God’s power but not what God is, in a manner to make him real to the reader. Other scriptures must do that.

    If you were asked where in the Bible to find the very earliest description of God in point of the time of his existence, you probably would say, “Why, in the very first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, of course.’’ Right?


    In time-order the earliest revelation of who and what God is is found in the New Testament: John 1:1.

    The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).

    But who or what is this Logos? Notice the explanation in verse 14:

    ”And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

    As God—as the Logos? That is answered in John 4:24, “God is a Spirit,” and spirit is invisible

    We find regarding the beginning of his existence, something further described in Hebrews chapter 7. Speaking of Melchisedec, who was king of Jerusalem in the days of Abraham, it says also that he was the Priest of God Most High. This Melchisedec had existed from eternity—“without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Heb. 7:3).

    That family is composed, now, of God the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son, and many begotten humans who already, now, are begotten sons of God (Rom. 8:14, 16; I John 3:2), forming the Church of God.

    That family aspect—the God family—is vitally important

    verse 3 of John 1, all things (the universe) were made by the Word.

    Now understand this, by adding Ephesians 3:9: “. . . God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

    God the Father is Creator. But he “created all things by Jesus Christ.” Jesus is the Word. It is written, “He spake, and it was done” (Ps. 33:9). God tells Christ what to do (John 8:28-29). Jesus then speaks, as the workman, and the Holy Spirit is the power that responds and does what Jesus commands.

    Thus, as we read further, in Colossians 1, beginning verse 12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath . . . translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son . . . who is the image of the invisible God [same appearance, form and shape and character] . . . for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (verses 12-13, 15-17).

    Therefore God’s Word reveals that God and the Word—two supreme Personages—coexisted always—and before anything had been created—including this earth and the entire universe.
    There was a time, therefore, when those two Personages coexisted and nothing else did.

    No third Person is mentioned—no “Ghost.’’ Is God, then, limited to only two Persons? The false Trinity teaching does limit God to three Persons. But God is not limited. As God repeatedly reveals, his purpose is to reproduce himself into what well may become billions of God persons. It is the false Trinity teaching that limits God, denies God’s purpose and has palpably deceived the whole Christian world. Both God and the Word themselves are spirit, and project their Spirit. Let me illustrate. By your eyesight you can see something across the room, or see to the sun or even to stars that are many times the size of our sun, only much farther distant. But through your eyesight you cannot act on those objects. In like manner, God can project his spirit to any place regardless of distance, but through his Spirit God is able to act on such objects or to change it as he wills. Thus, God is omnipresent.

    But matter—this earth, the stars, nebulae, galaxies—was not the first thing they created. They created angels before the creation of matter.

    God speaks of the creation of the earth in the 38th chapter of Job. He says that, at the creation of the earth, all the angels shouted for joy (verse 7). Therefore all the angels already were in existence when the earth was first created.

    In the Authorized Version the word heaven—singular—is used. But the original Hebrew as Moses wrote, and as other translations render it, is in the plural—heavens—implying that the whole material universe was created simultaneously with the earth. This is plainly stated in Genesis 2:4: “These are the generations [beginnings] of the heavens [plural] and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

    angels are immortal spirit beings, they might have dwelt here thousands or millions of years before the creation of man. How many God does not reveal. The earth, at first, was the abode of angels. But, Jude 6, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation [the earth]. . . .”

    God is Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version). Why is God not real to so many people? Because God and the Word were composed of spirit, not matter, not flesh and blood, like humans. God is invisible to human eyes (Col. 1:15). He does not seem real. To seem real, the mind naturally wants to visualize a definite form and shape. But even though God is composed of spirit and not of visible matter, God nevertheless does have definite form and shape.

    In Genesis 1:26, “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” We know the form and shape of man. That is the image, likeness, form and shape of God.

    One of Jesus’ disciples asked him what God the Father looks like. Jesus replied: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . .” (John 14:9). Jesus looked like the Father. Jesus was, actually, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). Jesus was the begotten and born Son of God.

    So now we know God has the same form and shape as a man. We also know he is composed of spirit, not of matter as is man. Spirit is invisible to human eyes, unless manifested by some special process.

    And if so manifested we would see both God the Father and Christ now glorified in heaven with faces, though formed and shaped like human faces, as bright as the sun full strength! Their eyes flames of fire, feet like burnished brass and hair white as snow (Rev. 1:14-16).

    The character of both God the Father and Christ the Son is that of spiritual holiness, righteousness and absolute perfection.

    That character might be summed up in the one word love, defined as an outflowing, loving concern. It is the way of giving, serving, helping, sharing, not the “get” way.

    It is the way devoid of coveting, lust and greed, vanity and selfishness, competition, strife, violence and destruction, envy and jealousy, resentment and bitterness.

    God’s inherent nature is the way of peace, of justice, mercy, happiness and joy radiating outward toward those he has created!

    The Word and God lived. What did they do? They created. How did they live—what was their “life-style”? They lived the way of their perfect character—the way of outflowing love. When Jesus was baptized, God the Father said, “You are my beloved Son.” God loved the Word. And the Word loved God—obeyed him completely.

    Two can’t walk together except they be agreed. They were in total agreement and cooperation. Also two can’t walk together in continuous peace except one be the head, or leader, in control.
    God was leader.

    Their way of life produced perfect peace, cooperation, happiness, accomplishment. This way of life became a law. Law is a code of conduct, or relationship, between two or more. One might call the rules of a sports contest the “law” of the game. The presence of law requires a penalty for infraction. There can be no law without a penalty for its violation.

    When the only conscious Life-Beings existed, God was leader—in authoritative command. Thus, even when the only conscious Life-Beings were God and the Word, there was government, with God in supreme command. The government of God is of necessity government from the top down. It cannot be “government by the consent of the governed.” Its laws originate and are handed down from God—never legislated by the people—never dictated by the governed how the government over them shall rule them. Since they created other conscious, thinking life-beings, this very fact of necessity put the government of God over all creation, with God supreme Ruler.

    God’s law is spiritual and can be summed up in one simple but all-inclusive word—love. His law for the guidance of human conduct is subdivided into the two great commandments, love toward God and love toward neighbor.

    the 10 Commandments. Jesus magnified this law by showing how its principle expands to cover virtually every possible human infraction. The third chapter of II Corinthians shows that God’s law is to be applied in principle. It is summed up in one single word, love. Nevertheless, it is so perfect that, by applying its principle, it is a complete law. There is only one perfect lawmaker, and that is God.

    Bear in mind the government of God is based on the law of God, which is the way of life of outflowing love, cooperation, concern for the good of the governed. And this law of God produces peace, happiness, cooperation through obedience.

    Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God. . . .” This originally was written by Moses as God inspired him. Moses wrote in Hebrew. The Hebrew word translated “God” is Elohim—a noun or name, plural in form, but normally singular in grammatical usage. It is the same sort of word as family, church, group—one family consisting of two or more members—one church composed of many members—one group of several persons.

    It is referring to precisely the same Persons, making up or composing the one God, as we found in John 1:1—the Word and God—and each of those two Persons is God

    God is now a family of Persons, composed so far of only the two—God the Father and Christ the Son. But if the Holy Spirit of God dwells in someone, and he is being led by God’s Spirit, then (Rom. 8:14) he is a begotten son of God. But, at the time of Christ’s return to earth in supreme power and glory to set up the kingdom of God, restoring the government of God abolished by Lucifer, then all being filled and led by God’s Spirit shall become born sons of God. The God Family will then rule all nations with the government of God restored!

    The Trinity doctrine limits God to a supposed three Persons. It destroys the very gospel of Jesus Christ! His gospel is the good news of the now soon-coming kingdom of God—the only hope of this world and its mixed-up mankind!

    The Trinity doctrine, by contrast, is the doctrine of the great false religion called in Revelation 17:5: “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”

    By that doctrine, along with others, Satan has deceived all traditional Christianity.

    Revelation 12:9 saying that all nations have been deceived by Satan the devil

    It seems incredible that a being like Satan not only could have deceived the whole world, but also “Christianity”—the very religion bearing Christ’s name and supposed to be his true religion. Yet, paradoxically, Satan did!

    He did it through his great false church, started a.d. 33 by Simon the Sorcerer, described in the 8th chapter of the book of Acts as the leader of the Babylonian mystery religion in Samaria. It is recorded in II Kings 17:23-24 that Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, who had invaded and conquered the northern kingdom—the kingdom of Israel—moved the people out of their land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem, and moved into that land people of the Babylonish mystery religion from the provinces of Babylon. They were, of course, gentiles. They inhabited this area of northern Palestine in the time of Christ. The Jews of Judea in Christ’s time would have nothing to do with them, calling them contemptuously “dogs.” They still adhered to this pagan Babylonish mystery religion in the first century.

    This man is the great power of God” (Acts 8:10).

    Then Simon came to the apostles Peter and John, offering money as a bribe, asking them to give him the power to lay hands on people and have them receive the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him strongly. But Simon proclaimed himself a Christian apostle, nevertheless, and called the pagan Babylonian mystery religion “Christianity.” He accepted the doctrine of “grace” for the forgiveness of sin (which the pagan religions had never had), but turned grace into license to disobey God (Jude 4). He aspired to turn his pagan religion, under the name “Christianity,” into a universal religion, to gain thereby the political rule of the world.

    Counterfeit GospelBy the sixth decade of the first century, much of the Middle East had turned from the true gospel to a counterfeit (Gal. 1:6-7). As late as the 90s a.d. the apostle John was still living. He wrote the book of Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.

    another disciple of Christ’s true Christianity, Polycrates, waged a still hotter controversy over the same Passover-Easter question with another bishop of Rome. This theological battle was called the Quartodeciman Controversy. Polycrates contended, as Jesus and the original apostles taught, that the Passover should be observed in the new Christian form introduced by Jesus and by the apostle Paul (I Cor. 11), using unleavened bread and wine instead of sacrificing a lamb, on the eve of the 14th Nisan (first month in the sacred calendar, occurring in the spring). But the Rome church insisted that it be observed on a Sunday.

    Satan has deceived the entire world in regard to the very nature of who and what God is—as well as of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Also of the government of God, based on the spiritual law of God. And further, of what and why man is, what salvation is, how it is received, what is the true gospel, what and why the church is and what of the future!

    word trinity is not used anywhere in the Bible. I am going to make completely clear, as we proceed, God has not limited himself to a “Trinity.” The surprising truth, once understood, is the most wonderful revelation the human mind could receive or contain!

    The very first idea or teaching about God being a Trinity began in the latter half of the second century—a hundred years after most of the New Testament had been written. The counterfeit Christianity spawned by Simon the Sorcerer was promoting it vigorously along with the pagan Easter. But the true Church of God vigorously resisted it. The controversy became so violent it threatened the peace of the world. The then pagan Emperor Constantine called this Nicene Council to settle it. The Roman Emperor’s supporters greatly outnumbered the persecuted true Church of God.

    You will find a prophecy of these two churches in the book of Revelation. In the 12th chapter is the prophecy of the true Church of God, greatly persecuted. Jesus called it “the little flock.” In the 17th chapter you will find the prophecy of the counterfeit church—a very great church, named by God “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots” (verse 5). She lined up with and sat astride the political governments. The whole world will gasp in wonder (verse 8) when this religio-political medieval “Holy Roman Empire” is brought back to life! It is now in the preliminary stages of forming, starting from the Common Market!

    There is only one small passage in the Authorized Version of the Bible that is generally used by Trinity adherents to support the Trinity doctrine. This passage is found in I John 5:7-8, and is bracketed in the following quotation: “For there are three that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one

    Bible commentaries explain that these words were never written in the apostle John’s manuscript or any existing early copies of it. The apostle John in his three epistles and the Revelation speaks of “the Father, and . . . Son” (I John 1:3), but never of “the Father and the Word,” except in this uninspired part of I John 5:7-8.

    There was a real reason why the archdeceiver Satan wanted that spurious verse added in the Latin Vulgate from which it crept into the Authorized Version. The Trinity doctrine completely does away with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the message he brought mankind from God the Father, the good news of the coming kingdom of God! That is the one thing above all Satan wants to defeat. This will become plain as we proceed.

    the fact that in a number of places in modern translations the masculine pronoun he is carelessly used in connection with the Holy Spirit. But not always—sometimes the Holy Spirit is referred to as it in these very same translations. For example, in the passage describing the first coming of the Holy Spirit for the founding of the Church of God on that memorable day of Pentecost.

    God is a family composed at present of the two Persons of John 1:1-4, but with many thousands, already begotten by God’s Spirit, in God’s true Church, soon to be born into that divine family at Christ’s return to earth. Jesus Christ, by his resurrection, was born a divine Son of God (Rom. 1:4)—the first so born into the God family (Rom. 8:29).

    God and Christ are composed of spirit, formed and shaped as a human person, but with eyes like flames of fire and faces bright as the sun full strength!

    God is Creator of all that exists. Both God and the Word (who became Christ) have existed eternally and before all else. From them emanates the Spirit of God, by which God is omnipresent and omniscient. God the Father is the divine Father of the God family, into which truly converted Christians shall be born.

  3. What is schizophrenia?
    Schizophrenia is a severe brain disease that interferes with normal brain and mental function—it can trigger hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and significant lack of motivation. Without treatment, schizophrenia affects the ability to think clearly, manage emotions, and interact appropriately with other people. It is often disabling and can profoundly affect all areas of your life (for example, becoming unable to work or go to school). Being told that you or someone you love has schizophrenia can be frightening or even devastating. The best way to improve your quality of life with schizophrenia is to learn as much as you can about this condition and then adhere to the recommended treatment.

    There are several types of schizophrenia, and the specific types are diagnosed based upon symptoms. The most common type is paranoid schizophrenia, which causes fearful thoughts and hearing threatening voices.

    Schizophrenia does not involve multiple personalities and is not the same condition as dissociative identity disorder (also called multiple personality disorder or split personality).

    What causes schizophrenia?
    There are many theories about the cause of schizophrenia, but none have yet been proved. Schizophrenia may be a genetic disorder, since your chances of developing schizophrenia increase if you have a parent or sibling with the condition, but most people with relatives who have schizophrenia will not develop it. It may also be related to problems experienced during pregnancy (such as malnutrition, or being exposed to a viral infection) that damages the unborn child’s developing nervous system.

    What are the symptoms?
    Schizophrenia causes two groups of symptoms: negative symptoms and positive symptoms.

    Negative symptoms generally include apathy or lack of motivation, self-neglect (such as not bathing), and reduced or inappropriate emotion (such as becoming angry with strangers). Negative symptoms usually appear first and may be confused with depression.1

    Positive symptoms, which generally appear later, include symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized or confusing thoughts and speech.

    Symptoms of schizophrenia usually emerge in adolescence or early adulthood. Symptoms can appear suddenly or may develop gradually, often causing the illness to go unrecognized until it is in an advanced stage when it is more difficult to treat.

    How is schizophrenia diagnosed?
    Schizophrenia is diagnosed primarily with a medical history and a mental health assessment. Other tests, such as blood tests or imaging tests, may be done to rule out other conditions that can mimic symptoms of schizophrenia.

    How is schizophrenia treated?
    There is no cure for schizophrenia, but many people can effectively manage their symptoms with medications and professional counseling.

    Consistent, long-term treatment is critical to the successful management of schizophrenia. Unfortunately, people with schizophrenia often do not seek treatment or they stop treatment due to unpleasant side effects of medications or lack of support.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about schizophrenia:
    What is schizophrenia?
    What causes schizophrenia?
    Can I prevent schizophrenia?
    What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
    What happens in schizophrenia?
    What increases my risk for schizophrenia?
    Are there different types of schizophrenia (classification)?
    Who is affected by schizophrenia?

    Being diagnosed:
    Who can diagnose schizophrenia?
    How is schizophrenia diagnosed?
    What is a mental health assessment?

    Getting treatment:
    How is schizophrenia treated?
    What medications will I need to take?
    What other treatments might be recommended?

    Ongoing concerns:
    What complications can develop?

    Living with schizophrenia:
    What can I do at home to relieve symptoms of schizophrenia?
    What are the first signs of relapse?
    Can a treatment plan help during relapse?

  4. I am looking forward to your newsletters. My son-in-law is bipolar and I have had no luck so far in finding anything in my community that offers what you do. I just dont understand why there isnt more help for the famlies with mental illness(outside of therapy. My daughther has an eating disorder, which was life threating a few years ago. There was no support at all where I live, the closet place was Palo Alto (8hrs) or LA (16 hrs) and from where I live. anyways, thank you for starting this sight. Cheryl

  5. So many foot injuries, Take care of yourself.My breaking news is that my mother-in-law has once again stopped taking her meds because Jesus has healed her.She has schizeophrenia,My Dh, her borderline son, is not taking it well.At this point I am beyond knitting and support groups and am looking at joining a gym myself. I’m sure it will help me cope.Momma is not going to be happy when she finds out that they will move her over to the locked ward.She has been kicked out of a couple of places for slapping other patients.Oh well,at least she is safe.

  6. Dave,

    Usually I don’t read your messages until later on in the morning so by the time I get the chance to reply the thread has been going on for a bit.I am heading out early this morning so obviously I must be one of the first to repond to this one.

    From previous threads it has seemed that there are a few of us who usually seem to be nay-sayers or eternal pessimests.Or you could look at it another way think that,like in my disease there are differing degrees of aflication.Some are worse than others.I am not jealous of anyone who has a milder form than I do,on the other hand I am grateful that things go better for them. In my case the bipolar diagnosis has affected all aspects of my life for many,many years.

    Since we don’t get an instruction book on how this disease is going to run its course, we never know when the next one is going to happen.Since I am a rapid-cycler at times mine sometimes come with only a couple of days between episodes.I do appreciate those non-episode times but being ever vigilant can be exhausting for me and for those around me that look out for me.I find it a trial to always be wondering if, this week will be the week, or even will today be the day.

    I know that for most of afflicted by bilpolar symptoms stress is a huge trigger.If you are always looking over your shoulder, wondering about that next one, that is an immense source of stress to begin with, without coping with the other major stressors that are in the world today.

    Yes there are relatively long periods of times between episodes for me, but I don’t know ahead of time how long they are going to be, or more importantly, how short.

  7. Hi Dave:
    Hope your New Year resolutions are in process daily, mine is walking, especially in the nice weather we have been having. I just lost a job after Christmas, so we are living off of loans for higher education at this time. This can’t go on for long, I have asked the Abode Treatment Center, the job before the Volunteers of America to take me back, and hopefully they will call next week, waiting for a back ground check to return. It should be fine, I have not been arrested or in trouble in any way.
    So how is your mom doing? My son has been diagnosed as Bipolar I by the homebound Group in Dallas. I think they went through MHMR probably. So I watch for episodes to flare up, and they do, sometimes caused by parental obligations, he has very little room for compromise and appreciation, although his logic is very much in tack. He lacks a job and is in trouble by the law, making his life at times controlled by outside forces. His attitude is reasonable as he feels safe-p is jail and after hearing my clients who just got out of safe-p it very much sounds like jail. They call it behavior modification some see it as human abuse. My imagination finds me seeing him improve as he learns the art of survival especially in the area of money he should be taken his medicine also, we have talked in that area, At one time, while at homeward bound my son mentioned he felt that his illness was due to Meth use. So he is under the impression that if he doesn’t do Meth he will not be ill? .So it goes. I don’t want to bore you to death, just some stress relief on my part to someone who seems to care. You keep up the good work; I could be doing more in the area of exercise. Let me know what kind of research you find in area of schizophrenia, as my family of origin has suffered from this illness. I want to thank you for all your emails especially the last one about appreciating the NON-episode times. Although, I do very much appreciate my son. There are times when my Parental obligations flare up causing him to explode. When I start to work in a job that is paying me enough to fit in all I want to do, I will be looking into your courses.
    Thanks for reading this long email.

    Your friend


  8. you are really making sense to me but when i get to the point where i can’t go back or seems to not go back i end up cutting on my arm. does that make sense to you. i try really hard to fight it and do succeded most of the time but see i was raised and born in a cult go to type in brenda daeges the first website to show should say “broken cross” if not look for it please read it then respond to me and see if you have ideas for me to recognized and stop my behabior before my passivebipolar take ahold of me and there is no point of return…. please i am being open and honest with you so please take me seriously. untill the next time take care of your injury.


    I’M FED UP

  10. Hi Dave,

    Yes it is so true that we have so much more to be grateful for than to complain about, but we often find more things to complain about than to be grateful for. When we look at our situation, weigh the bad vs the good, we can quickly see that we have so many blessings from sight, health, to cars, air conditioning, electricity, to running water, indoor plumbing… etc. people 2000 years ago had none of these things, we are so very blessed. I have learned to always look for the thing to be grateful for. And I am not grateful I have bipolar, I am grateful it is managed, medicated and I know how to think my way into stability by remaining grateful during episodes. But other than that, we have more blessings that we have problems, you are so right. We need to look for the things to be grateful for, keep these in mind, and when an inconvenience comes along say, “What is One inconvenience when I have a million blessings to be grateful for!” It changed my life! That is for sure!

    Thanks for a great topic…

  11. To CHAD: Just to let you know I read your looong epistle, I DON’T agree that the Spirit is non-existent. As Christ said to the Disciples – and I paraphrase, since your knowledge of the Bible is so apparent – “I will send a Comforter to you, as a Helper.” When I have my bipolar delusions, I believed that I was the Holy Counselor (lawyer), and that I was living the life that God had laid out for me. I believe in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Ghost – and you can’t dissuade me from this tenet. The Trinity is REAL; the Spirit is alive in YOU, “helping” you write what you wrote above. If you were NOT in an episode, do you think you could have written such a post? I doubt it. This is “automatic writing,” and it is evident that you have done a LOT of research into what YOU believe is RIGHT. IF you believe at ALL in evolution – in place of Creationism – the “angels” “could” have been aliens!!

    You make a good case for schizophrenia vs bipolar. I lived with a paranoid schizophrenic for 3 years, and know all about hallucinations and “hearing voices.” One night – at 3AM – there were cops in my house, looking for “prowlers” that my boyfriend was CONVINCED were in the house! He was barely functional, but he WAS my “soul mate” at the time. I hardly understood anything he was talking about, but he was soooo cute, it didn’t matter!!

    To DAVE and BOB: I agree we have MORE to be thankful for than not. I appreciate the fact that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, warmth during the winter and cool during the summer, and my 2 cats! In fact, during my 20s – when I had all 3 nervous breakdowns – I didn’t HAVE a pet. Since I’ve been married – and lost both husbands – I’ve had cats, and they HAVE kept me grounded!

    BUT – I, too, look over my shoulder to see if the bipolar is creeping up on me. I have been known to have an episode even while taking meds and following a treatment plan, so it is NOT to be taken for granted that I WON’T have another episode. This “fear” keeps me on my toes, and I’m constantly vigilant. At the slightest sign of a hypomania, I call my psychiatrist, and we tweak meds. I was taking a new med for bladder problems – and it didn’t sit well with my other meds, sending me into a minor depression. My Urologist has samples of a new med that I’m to pick up Monday. Let’s hope there’s no interaction with them…

    BIG HUGS to all bipolar survivors and those who love us. May God bless you real good. I pray for Amanda and our country.

  12. In regards to ur email about appreciation I totally agree , in a way I do feel grateful for having bipolar even though its hell on earth in the middle of an episode when its over it teaches you alot and you grow and see live in a different way.

    The DISORDER COMES FROM THE psych. & “medication.” AFTER PSYCH. NO LONGER BP. MEARLY MEDICALY INDUCED BRAIN DAMAGE. AS PROFF’S AGREE. LOOK IT UP! Polypharmacy, compleatly IATROGENIC. ALL know this. ONLY those making Bulk Ca$h out of it say otherwise.
    ALL who are Highly functioning, would NOT be on ANY “medication.” PROVEN!

  14. David Oliver,
    Sir have read your email tonight and couldn’t believe how well someone could finally put that we should be gratefull for the “normal” days and still cope with the episodes of bipolar disorder… I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since I was 14 and am now 28.. At the time of diagnosis it was called Manic Depression, and as you said thay are the same but being manic depressive is an incorrect term anymore… I have a loving husband and 2 wonderful children and life with Bipolar Disorder can be difficult with taking care of a family, at least it has it’s extremly trying times for me when I am having an episode.
    My husband has learned when I have a good over happy peak , I am going to crash ( that’s what he calls it when I fall into a depression & anger episode) any way I know what it’s like to live with this “disease” and I do love the days that I have where nothing is going to bother me and I can sit in a room with other family members and hold a conversation with out jumping from one topic to the next in a slpit second, or having a brain fritz and forget completely what I was even doing… I thank god every day I don’t have many of those anymore.. They tend to scare me..
    Any way I want to thank you for taking time out of your life to research these “diseases” for people who could use a friendly ear to listen or care.. I lived with a mother who battled depression for most of my childhood and a father who had seasonal affected depression dissorder, which was recently diagonosed as a thyroid problem, I am sorry you had a rough life growing up your self and I hope my kids never have to go through that with me as a disfunctional parent..
    Again thank you so much for all of your research and caring heart and God Bless you in finding ways to help people to learn different ways to function with what ever they maybe dealing with in their lives as far as disorders go…
    i also am glad my Aunt Charity told me about you and glad she knew you try to help people with Bipolar disorder as well as other disorders…. Again keep up the great work you are doing..


  15. hello….. i was just wondering if any 1 feels that ther not in touch with realaty when your episodes start. I think i suffer with a mentel illness but i dont no witch 1.Iall so
    go parnoid. Am on amitripaline and i get high and lows.
    linda x

  16. Hi Dave:
    I guess everyone who read “Chad’s” email knew he was in an episode, except me until it went on and on. I’ve had one manice stage in my life–I wrote a 57 page hate letter to my mother. And a 29 page letter to my brother telling him how he was the favored one all his life.
    I wrote letters to my ex-husband page after page trying to convince him to come back. Writing is a symtom of a manic episode. Pluse “Chad” wrote another note on Schizoprenia. Whatever that boy (man) is he needs some medication. Along with the case of the guy saying that all pharmeceuticals were brain damaging. Narcotics yes I agree that they can be brain damaging. I think that’s when I became bipolar. The doctors had me on a ton of pain meds for Trigeminal Neuralgia.THE most painful nervous system disease you can have. More people commit suicide from Trigeminal Neuralgia than any other Nervous System dysfunction. More than ALS and MS and host of other NS dysfunctions. But that’s when I started acting wierd. I was in counseling, but the counselor encouraged my hate for my brother and my mother, and my dad–for just standing there doing nothing for the abuse I was receiving from my mother. She is abusive to this day. Except now that she is 70 her aches and pains are more on the agenda, then being abusive, gossipy,& just basically dysfunctional herself.
    I learned to accept her, put my own boundaries up. (Like just hanging up on her when she wants to continue an argument.) It all works. I wonder now if I just had that one manic episode–if it just wasn’t dibilitating depression that I had. I take Cymbalta and Abilify but those two were putting me to sleep during the day when I needed to be alert for my classes and works. Finally,
    another doctor saw me and lowered the dose of Abilify, took me off Topomax (which my doctor said was for weight loss, when one of the side effects was WEIGHT GAIN) and put me on a stimulant, now I feel like my old self. Before the depression, before the narcotics, before the “Bipolar”. Writing is a way I release my feelings. And I had a ton of pent up feelings. Maybe the “manic” phase was just me finally releasing feelings I had had for years. I’ve had no manic episodes since. And that was 3 years ago.
    No “episodes” since, just have fallen into 1 minor incident of depression. My friend once told me,”God gave the knowledge to these professionals to develope these medications, to help us.” I have always adhered to that belief, but I still believe the pharmaceutical companies are out to rip off the American (specifically) people. Medications here are the most expensive in the world. I had to get a refill on some Valium in Italy–it cost me 10euros to see the doctor and $5euros for what would have been a $40.00 prescrition here in the US. They do have us over a barrell. Especially for the people who need it the most and are the ones least likely to be able to afford it.
    Thanks for letting me rant. It’s a good outlet plus if any information I give helps anybody else-great! God Bless You All-

  17. Dave
    It could be kinda of like the foot problem Plantar Fascitis. Do you wear otrhotics? I would get a good
    foot doctor. It could develop into something far worse if not treated. Wrap it up with an ace banage. Put a warm towel around it. Soak it in epsom salts. These might stop the swelling and pain if there is any. Also put the old R.I.C.E. on it. (Rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Let me know how it is going. Stay great and get that looked at. 😉

  18. Morning David, You said you had to go to library to research schizophrenia this morning. I am wondering if you’ve ever done any research on schizophrenia/bi-polar and the prison systems. ???
    Seems to me there are alot of people with mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bi-polar who at one time or another got into trouble and are now or have been incarcerated. These are the people who need help the most dealing with these issues when they are released back into our society. Some, maybe most, do not have “support” systems or even realize they need a “plan” in place for the next episode. They don’t understand they need medications and certain things. They do “good” while incarcerated because they have routines, when to eat, work, potty, sleep, shower etc. They have none of the “outside” stresses of bills etc. Then they become “free” and all heck breaks lose.
    Do you think there is any way with your programs to educate these people and thus give them a better chance of not reoffending? Looking forward to hearing from you or reading your thoughts in your daily writings regarding this subject.

    Thanks and God Bless you. Shauna

  19. Hey Dave,
    I try to avoid things that will trigger an episode but what do you do when your boss does every thing he can to try and set you off? I have decided to leave my place of emplyment due to this. He knew before he hired me I have bi-polier disorder and I dont understand why now he is doing this. I have been working for him 7 months with no problems and now he acts like he dont want me there. I have only missed 1 day of work and that was due to having a high fever not my disorder. I just dont understand!!!! I try so hard to live with my disorder and not let it control me. I guess some people just dont understand it or mabe it scares them. The thing is I have never been fired from a job due to the disorder and this will be the first time I have left a job becouse of it. I wont let anyone push me to the point of having an episode so I guess walking away this time is best. If anyone else has been put through some thing like this please tell me how you handled it!!!

  20. David I am really interested what you find out on your research on the schizophrenia stuff. My husband has bipolar and schizophrenia. I have been researching also. He gets really angry and abusive because of lack of any control in his life. And it is directed at me.( the domestic violence stuff. ) We have separated and are living in two separate homes. It is not good for the kids to see and have to live with. But I know underneath that he is a great person and want to help him. I want to see if what is going on with him and the two illnesses and the domestic violence are connected or if they are separate. Authorities and others say that they are not. His therapist says possibly not but there is a possibility. I say there is. So I am researching this stuff. Any thing you find would be helpful.

  21. Hi Dave,
    Well I am new to this site and have been diagnosed for years with all sorts of stuff and had lots of testing done to figure out that i am bipolar II with adhd, so much fun. I have been on meds for little over a month and trying to hold down a job, well anyways, had a few good days and then a gal at work just triggered me like crazy and so writing to hopefully slow my head down. It is good to hear that my episodes have the chance to get fewer and farther between and what i would give to not have an episode for years. I have a huge issue with rapid cycling and feeling of impending doom with my episodes and cant see reality for what it truly is. I hate this illness, but just a beginner in finally getting medicated for it and getting hope for my future. Anyways thanks for this website and all your hard work.

  22. Is bipolar is a justification for a non-care or pity me disposition stalled…. I know for some bipolar disease is real struggles my saying does not goes for these unfortunate who struggle every day with this handicap. In other hand there are also others that would exploit every avenue to achieve their master plan. What ever plan it may be they find a rescue and liable advocate while claiming been affected with bipolar disease.

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