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Blame it on the mania

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:04pm

Remember in the “good old days” when a person in jeopardy would use this line as an excuse: “the devil made me do it.”

blame_bipolar We are a long way from those days. Lately, so many folks want to blame it on bipolar. “They must have been in a manic state and were not sane enough to accept personal responsibility what they were doing.”

Bipolar is a complex and challenging mental disorder. However, it is not supposed to be a catch all or a scape goat.

It has been more than a week now since I saw a story on the Today show of a woman who reportedly faked her own abduction.

Prosecutors contend the strange case of 37-year-old Quinn Gray, who claims she was abducted and held for four days in hellish captivity, is a cleverly planned ruse. They claim her supposed abductor, a 25-year-old Bosnian immigrant, was actually her lover, and that the pair plotted to extort $50,000 from Quinn’s drs_bipolar well-heeled husband, Reid.

As if that wasn’t strange enough… now (that she has been caught) this woman is blaming it all on a manic episode, because she reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder. I don’t even know what to say. If she does suffer from bipolar disorder that is one thing. But committing crimes and blaming it on her possible mental illness? I am not sure the jury is going to buy that.

Bipolar disorder, and bipolar mania are serious conditions. They can cause upheaval in the lives of those who suffer with the disease as well as the entire family. Here is the link to a good article on bipolar mania.

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