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Mood Disorder? You're In Good Company

Posted Aug 24 2008 3:46pm

Whoah! Don't run away because this entry looks so long!!! Most of it's just a list so there's not as much reading as it looks. Now pour some tea or coffee, sit down and read my blog, Dammit!!

I'm still nervous about eventually working again. According to a study at Brown University, 30% - 60% of those with BP can't work. First, what the hell kind of report is that? When I was working, if I gave a report with a 30% spread I'd be emptying my desk in 30 - 60 seconds. But it shows about half do work.

Right now, I'm enjoying the high life on the backs of those of you slaving 8 - 10 hours a day. Nah, not really, but I've heard many horror stories from those who've gone back too early. Then it's back to the red tape getting back on disability. You've heard it's too easy to get on? BULLSHIT! It's no picnic.

Many with mood disorders can and do work and some become very successful. Perhaps you've heard of some of these:

Francis Ford Coppola - Director

Ned Beatty - actor

Linda Hamilton - actor

Vivien Leigh - actor

Robin Williams - actor, comedian

Kurt Cobain - musician

Ludwig Von Beethoven - composer

Tim Burton - Director

Patty Duke - actor

Carrie Fisher - actor

Vincent Van Gogh - artist

Jimi Hendrix - musician

Ernest Hemingway - author

DMX - musician and actor

Peter Gabriel - musician

Charley Pride - musician

Axl Rose - musician

Sting - musician

Brian Wilson - musician

Sylvia Plath - poet, writer

Winston Churchill - U.K. Prime Minister

Theodore Roosevelt - U.S. President

Jim Carrey - actor

Robert Downy Jr - actor

Darryl Strawberry - baseball

Luther Wright - basketball

Dick Cavett - Talk show host

Jane Pauley - Television Journalist

Art Buchwald - humorist, columnist

Edgar Allen Poe - author

Virginia Wolf - author

Adam Ant - musician

Sinead O'Conner - Musician

Mariette Hartley - actress

Graham Green - English Novelist

Rep Patrick Kennedy - Congress

Abby Hoffman - Political Activist

Dick Clark - tv personality, businessman

Barbara Bush - Former First Lady

Ben Stiller - actor

Mike Wallace - news anchor

Roseanne Barr - Actor, comedienne

Joan Rivers - comedienne

Michael Crighton - writer

Sheryl Crow - Musician

Anthony Hopkins, actor

Ted Turner - Entrepreneur

I didn't plan on including those that didn't end well (Curt Kobain, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, etc), but, decided it'd be an injustice not to list them. Despite taking their own lives, the world is a better place because of their contributions. They're not alone. 1 in 5 people with bipolar disorder successfully commit suicide.

Obviously the historical names were not officially diagnosed, but their names are listed because it's likely based on research. In the old days depression was called melancholy. I wish we'd bring that back. It's much more fun sounding than depression.

I adore Vincent Van Gogh who I know in my heart was BP. Read the biography "Lust for Life" to have a good understanding of BP. It's an amazing book and brought many tears to my eyes because I relate so well. I still shed a tear when I see his paintings.

My favorite painting I posted above called "Wheat Field with Crows". He painted it in the last month of his life before killing himself. Others prefer "Starry Night" or "Cafe Terrace at Night" but I find it's beauty in reflecting what I believe was in his heart at the time. Even if it was pain. isn't that what art should express?

Here for you to enjoy is Don McLean's "Starry Starry Night":

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