the link ness monster


Are you sitting comfortably? Then let us begin with the strange and deranged, before moving on to things that make sense. Ahem…


Small opiñioñata getting blown out of proportion.

Lark Voorhies on her mother’s claims that she is bipolar… n”It is a small, uh, opinionata that is getting blown thoroughly out of proportion. I have no stating reasons why anyone should worry about me. I mean, clearly I am a very strong, top-of-the-line, always-rising-to-it personage. And um, I have no worries myself, nor do I exude, exhibit or posses within my living strata…stratus any reason why someone should worry in my behalf. It’s just lies. It’s completely fictional,” she said. (Poor thing, she’s getting bashed globally, it’s not right.)

The Creatives


Meg Hutchison: Seeing Stars (It’s folk music btw.)

“I think what you need to do is be honest in your writing. I don’t think you need to create more darkness than you have, and I don’t think you have to – if you do have bipolar or depression, I don’t think you have to fuel it in order to be a better writer. But I think you have to be honest in your work, and that’s what I’ve tried to do, is not ignore where it comes from and not ignore that somehow bipolar’s given me more emotional colors than I might have had otherwise. I like to think of it as a painter; that I have more colors on my palette because of these extreme highs and lows that I can now draw on as a writer. But I wouldn’t necessarily ask for that if I had the choice, you know.” An Interview with Meg Hutchinson on Music and living with Bipolar Disorder



Woman, Interrupted: Lisa Nicole Carson Explains Her Bipolar Disorder and its Consequences

Christian Slater talks about his father… “Well, no. I haven’t seen him in a few years. We just spoke recently. He’s a manic-depressive schizophrenic. He’s always had trouble—he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people. And that made his life very challenging. He’s in a place now, getting a lot of help from someone. We hadn’t spoken in about nine years, because I was in the middle of the relationship between my mother and my father, and I needed to get out of that. So I just sort of removed myself entirely from that equation to build my own life and take responsibility for myself. But in the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect. I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good.”

All the way back from 1994, but your perceptions might still be off. Contains traces of $cientology… Frances Farmer was undoubtedly a deeply troubled woman who suffered greatly in her life. The relatively primitive conditions of the state institution system, as well as the equally primitive therapies used in those days, no doubt exacerbated rather than helped her condition, as Frances herself stated more than once. However, sensationalizing and “fictionalizing” what this brave woman went through not only does a disservice to her memory, marginalizing her very real tribulations, it also prevents us from objectively understanding Frances’ trials in their proper historical context.


The Autobiographical Roots of ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

Dark Horse wins top prize at Seattle Film Festival: The Dark Horse, a New Zealand film about a bipolar chess player, has nabbed two top gongs at the Seattle International Film Festival.


PTSD caused by viking invasion… Anyone mind if I lol my ass off? *cites own c-ptsd in defence*
Ninja Theory has released the first gameplay trailer for its “independent AAA” game Hellblade, and revealed its key themes are mental health and psychosis.

And while we are on the subject of gaming, here are “games that do mental health right”. Please comment/analyse/throw breadrolls if you have opiñioñatas on this topic…


Strategies for Bipolar Disorder When it All Becomes Overwhelming

Cognitive deficits in bipolar disorder.

Lights. Camera. Research: Launching the Bipolar Wellness Centre Video Series

Psychiatrist Akeso Specialised Psychiatric Clinics and patient (Anonymous). Classic FM South Africa

(Nope she ain’t my shrink.) I really love this next one, wish I’d found it long ago.

Talking to your doctor about bipolar disorder.


(Australia) Mastering Bipolar Disorder, edited by Kerrie Eyers Gordon Parker: personal stories from sufferers of bipolar disorder reveal what it’s like on the inside. Their inspiring accounts and wise advice are accompanied by tips from psychiatrists for managing this difficult condition successfully.

And in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from DeCode Genetics and their colleagues report data linking genetic variants associated with risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to creativity. By analyzing genetic data from more than 150,000 Icelandic individuals, they found that these variants could be used to predict who in a separate population of 86,000 people were members of national artistic societies of actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, and writers. The scientists also found that these same variants would predict whether individuals within separate groups of nearly 9,000 Swedes and more than 18,000 Dutch were employed in creative professions. This relationship in all groups could not be accounted for by differences in IQ, educational attainment, or how closely an individual was related to someone with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. GenomeWeb Anyone else keep reading ‘genome’ as ‘gnome’?



“Most manic depressives will tell you, and my Doctor agreed, that they love their manic highs. I loved Manic Carrie. That bitch got shit DONE. Like, with flair, creativity, humor, and speed. I could list for you scholarly papers as long as a donkey dong that established link between creativity and manic depression.”Rubber Chickens and Bipolar Disorder. Title of the year, methinks.

Why We Should Be Wary of the ‘Tortured Creative Genius’ Meme

“What about those with mental illness who work in retail or pull pints? Do these people not get a look-in?”
Having a mental illness doesn’t make you a genius – A new study links bipolar disorder with creativity, but it’s a mistake to glamorise debilitating conditions.

Plebs like us

Dustin Staggers: The restaurant machine keeps rolling. If you ask me, Dustin is hypomanic.

“When I was younger, all I was ever told was that I was worthless, and the only person who ever told me differently was my mom,” he said during a recent interview in his own apartment in Beverly Hills, a block away from his mother. “Doctors told me that I was going to spend the rest of my life in mental institutions.” Steven Greenberg

“Cameron’s psychosis most likely was not induced by his bipolar disorder. It was most likely trigger by his use of synthetic marijuana – or a combined impact of smoking spice and his mental illness.” Confessions Of A Synthetic Marijuana Smoker See also: marijuana worsens symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Fragile Minds: Hope People with severe mental illness struggle with the complexity of their disease and with a confusing system that doesn’t always help. (3rd in a 3 part series)

The whole world ain’t Caucasian

The Truth About Overcoming Mental Illness in the Black Community

Bipolar Disorder and the Uninvestigated Latino Population



Hamptons rabbi blames expulsion on mail snafu, not affair (for everything else, there’s bipolar)

“It’s easier to find a switch in a dark room than it is to find a good head doctor,” said Karan, 39, who is manic depressive and has seen a number of counsellors over the years. “Anytime someone tells me, ‘A friend of mine was asking about a therapist’, I know they’re the one who needs someone. We know we’re not supposed to judge someone for being mentally disturbed, but we’re also so fixated on being totally sorted. You can’t let anyone know you’re messed up in the head.” India is less happy than Pakistan, Palestine, says World Happiness Report. What’s going on?

Argh argh arrrggghhh South Africa… Abuse of mentally ill patient: SAHRC must act. The SA Human Rights Commission has been called on to get involved in the alleged assault of a mentally ill teen by a doctor at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. I wish that article was surprising.

Trigger: suicide

“Each time my son was allowed to go untreated for long periods of time, he sustained further brain damage. His downward course was aided by a completely ineffective legal system that continually protected his civil right to refuse treatment until he became suicidal or homicidal. This illness left him trapped in a body ravaged by irreversible damage from untreated bipolar disorder. Sadly, he was allowed to reach the crisis stage one time too many. His third attempt at suicide was successful.” A preventable suicide

Help Wanted

Vancouver: Do you have Bipolar Disorder and have problems with memory, concentration, or problem solving? The UBC Hospital Mood Disorders Centre is recruiting people with bipolar disorder to participate in a research study to assess if a new medication is helpful in improving memory and other cognitive problems.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
• Are between 19-65 years of age
• Have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (Type 1) 
• Are clinically stable on current medication
• Not currently in a manic or depressed episode
This is a 6 week study. You will continue with current medication and no PLACEBO will be used. Compensation will be provided for your participation. For more information please call Jayasree: (604) 822-3769 E-mail:

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