Kinship of the Black Dog: Robin Williams and Bipolar

Finding out about a celebrity’s death doesn’t usually affect me much, but when I read that Robin Williams committed suicide, it hit me hard. As you may know, Robin Williams battled Bipolar Disorder in addition to serious addiction issues, and it’s being reported that he had been fighting a long, severe cycle of depression at the time of his death. Unfortunately, as a member of the Kinship of the Black Dog, I know the hideousness of that endless war of attrition… I really do… And it not only does it break my heart that it overtook him, but it also scares the hell out of me. It makes me doubt myself and my own resolve to never off myself… that one day I might not be strong enough to keep fighting the good fight… even though all that I have to live for has pushed me to fight for my sanity time and time again. No matter how bleak things have gotten for me, I’ve always been rational enough to know that the darkness will eventually pass, and that it’s the chemistry in my brain. I’ve retained control of my actions… and it scares me to death to think that…

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A Look at World Bipolar Awareness Day…. Bipolar Lives

By: Jessica Azar This year the world observed World Bipolar Awareness Day on March 30th. The celebratory day was selected to coincide with the birthday of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed with having lived with Bipolar Disorder. He was subject to intense periods of creativity (I can associate… I’ve written 10 lengthy blogposts in the past 3 days… Just haven’t published all of them) and also endured the horrible bouts of depression where creativity dries up (I, too, endure this… It’s crippling). As you may know, Van Gogh committed suicide, as so many Bipolars have and do… Here is Don McLean’s famous song “Vincent” about his life and struggle . I’ve always loved it, and now it carries even more meaning for me. And I believe that through recognition and support, the number of suicides can drop over time. I’m very vocal about my experiences of living as a Mom with Bipolar Disorder, and I will be asking other bloggers and those that I know who suffer from Bipolar Disorder to write a post that I will publish here, on Herd management…. Hopefully every other week, to aid in this movement. I will also be periodically…

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