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How’s it going?
Hope you had a good weekend.
Well today I wanted to email you some
lessons on bipolar disorder that I took
away from the movie Rendition.
Here is a description I found from imdb on what
“Rendition presents a very topical matter
in the form of a very tense thriller. It’s a
gripping, and not a preaching, movie. Seeing
it in an Arab country with a mixture of Arabian
and European audience gave it an extra level of
atmosphere. The audience was totally gripped by
the film and gave it a loud applause afterwards.
The story of an Egyptian, married to an American,
picked up on the suspicion of links to terrorist
organizations and shipped to a friendly (with US)
Arab country for “enhanced interrogation
(as Meryl Streep’s character states in the film:
“we have no torture in the US”) seems to be from
the front page of todays news.
There is a very neat link between the various
of the film never drops. The movies’ message seems
to be (as stated by Jake Gyllenhal’s character in
the film) that by abducting and torturing suspects
you create many more terrorists. The acting is
uniformly excellent with Streep and Reese Witherspoon
the stand outs. Not to be missed.”
The movie was really, really good but kind
of disturbing. Basically a guy in America
is “taken” to some prison and is tortured
over and over again because he would not
Lynn on my blog wrote the other day:
Hi. I saw ‘Rendition’ w/some A.A. friends,
last evening. I didn’t really know anything
about it x that it was something about espionage (sp).
It was a little difficult to watch in some places,
but it was very well, very realistically, very
believably done, and I would highly recommend it.
Certainly gives you alot to think about, and talk
about w/your friends! Ooh, by the way, I HAVE
Anyway, I was thinking about something related
to bipolar disorder and it’s a super important
Basically in the movie an American person
is taken without going to any kind of court.
In the movie you assume that something
like this can’t happen in America and
that people are treated right and put
through the court system. This isn’t
true in the USA any more. Rendition
is a real thing you can run a search
in the search engines and see.
Anyway with that said, it reminds me
of the huge mistake bipolar supporters
make with loved ones with bipolar disorder.
I have talked about this mistake as
TOBC (total outsourced bipolar care).
This is when a bipolar supporter kind of
drops off a person into some part of the mental
health system and doesn’t do any kind of
watching or checking in on what’s going on.
They think, “well all I have to do is
just get my loved one to the doctor
or hospital and they will take it from there
and I am all done.”
People like this assume: all doctors
are good, family support is not necessary
or important, all therapists are good, people
are treated okay in hospitals, group homes,
out patient programs, etc.
I am here to tell you, this is NOT true.
Today there are many great doctors,
therapists, hospitals, group homes, outpatient
programs but there are some that are not and
there are people that are in good places that
are bad and do bad things.
Over the last couple of years, I have heard
many horror stories of how people with bipolar
disorder have been treated. Many of these stories
came from bipolar supporters not the people with
the disorder–just in case your thinking that the
story my have been made up by someone with bipolar
disorder in an episode. However some have come from
bipolar survivors and I totally believe them.
I interviewed one day that said his brother
was chained to a wall, attacked, hit, abused,
not really fed and made fun of in a hospital
many years ago. Another person with bipolar
disorder told me he was chained to a wall for many
days in a hospital in the 1960s that is now shut
A girl that I knew told me she went to a place
that had animals and one of the cages was donated
from a psychiatric hospital when decades ago
they used the cages for “difficult” and/or “bad
A person I interviewed the other day told me
she was sexually assaulted under care. She also
told me here doctor fell asleep during visits
My mom has told me her old doctor fell asleep
while she was talking to him numerous times.
I didn’t believe her until I met
him. Like my special reports say, he was totally
“clueless.” He couldn’t fall asleep with me because
I turned the heat up on him BIG TIME 🙂
A furniture sales person told me 15 to 20 years ago
he worked at a program for the mentally ill and the person
who ran it had a scam that basically took all the people’s
money from them to him.
Today it appears that things are not as bad.
I think with the advent of the News and media those
bad places can’t do these extreme things anymore. BUT
there was a story recently of a person in jail with a mental
illness that was mistreated and died in prison because he
didn’t get the right treatment plan. You may have seen
this on TV.
I do hear over and over of cases where the system doesn’t
help someone, medication is not given, people are not
listened to, doctors don’t show up for appointments with
serious situations, patients are given two different
medications that conflict, etc.
The list goes on and on. In all these cases, there was
no one to watch over and check out what was going on.
The lesson that I took away from the movie Rendition
is that bad things can happen to good people and that
things that you think can never happen in “this day
and age” can especially in mental health. Because many
times the system unfortunately doesn’t always treat
those dealing with mental health whether supporters
or survivors fairly or well.
So if you have a loved one in the mental health system,
I strongly advice you to follow all my rules of making
your loved one a 5 percenter and getting him/her
the best care.
In my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I talk about how to do this at length. I talk
about the phone calls you need to make, checking
in, “drive bys”, “check ins”, the concept of
Mrs. C. etc. There is a whole list of things
that need to be done to make sure a loved one
with bipolar disorder not only is not mistreated
but gets the absolute best care they can possibly
I found this out way early on that most of the
time the system needed “positive pressure” from
You should NOT, and I repeat should NOT assume
that a person will get great care because that’s
what a doctor, therapist, hospital, etc. is suppose
When I spoke to someone at the movie Rendition, he said,
“You’d never think something like that would ever happen
but I guess it does.” He got me to thinking of all
the bipolar supporters that come to me after the system
has run them over and I give them a plan on how to
run the system over and I point out how the
system really works and people are amazed. They always
say, “I can’t believe it works like this, it shouldn’t.”
NOTE-This is not a slam against doctors, therapists
and hospitals I am just pointing out reality. I write
about the truth and reality not theory. If you are
offended I am sorry but what I say is the total
Well I have to take off. I will catch you tomorrow.
Have a great day. And I do recommend that movie Rendition.
P.S. Don’t forget to take a look through the
different programs I’ve put together… each one is designed
to help you with a different area of bipolar disorder whether
you have it or you are supporting someone with it.
You can see them all and get the details by visiting:
P.P.S. Check out my F.ree blog with copies of emails
that I have sent in the past and lots of great
information for you:
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