John Emotions answers the burning question, "Why don't you have health insurance?" and talks about creating your own Fox Force Five; your selection of the five people who surround and support you. John then discusses ways people evolve from undiagnosed bipolar to certified disabled and the heart-wrenching decisions made along the way.
Captured live from John Emotions' YouTube live stream, John reflects on the past year and gives some previews of the year to come. Highlights include snarky suggestions to families of the mentally ill who suck at taking responsibility for their sick and disabled loved ones. Follow/chat with John on Twitter @JohnEmotions
John Emotions discusses a brief Twitter encounter with the anti-psychiatry crowd and the problems with excluding legitimate voices from the mental health conversation by limiting the way people talk, and the words they use. Recorded live from the Psych.Media Group page on Facebook, November 2017. @BipolarStyle @JohnEmotions
John Emotions rants about the confusion surrounding Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, particularly mislabeling the initials #BD and #BPD. John explains that "bipolar" is one word, like bicycle or universe, and that you never create an upper case initial in the middle of a word, at the syllable, just because. John then metaphorically explains that borderline disorder is a problem with your emotion selector, while bipolar disorder is a problem with your emotion regulator....
John Emotions welcomes Becky, from "That B-Word" podcast as they discuss their motivations for starting their respective shows, and how things are progressing.
We touch on stigma, why our particular identities are somewhat anonymous, and the challenges of working full-time AND producing something as challenging as a podcast.
We also mention the various initials involved with our particular conditions and how easy people confused things like BD, BPD and BP (Bipolar Disorder, Borderline...
John and Dyane discuss her new book, "Birth of a New Brain," about Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. They discuss what the condition is, how Dyane experienced it, and how the book came to be. They also talk a little about their favorite Netflix shows including Black Mirror, Lady Dynamite, and Theo Vonn. Also, we include more talk of a #bipolarcabal on Twitter and lots of bipolar digressions. Keywords; Post-partum depression, bipolar, baby blues
Dyane's book is available here:...
John Emotions and Jason Bee talk about Jason's new feature film "Donovan," and what it's like to be a productive bipolar person. Jason also shares the story of his learning about his bipolar and how it affected his life. Follow Jason on Twitter @thejasonbee and check out the film at DonovanTheMovie.com
John and Fiona talk about building a better podcast for bipolar people, including the factors involved in selecting a platform for the social media activities. John wonders how to reach more women and people of color struggling with mental health issues and shares his story about missing the DBSA picnic by 50 feet due to social anxiety.
The planned topic got bumped due to another mass shooting in America. Tonight, John talks about bipolar and how people perceive those with mental illnesses as dangerous. But, are ALL mental disorders dangerous to others? Are they "dis" orders at all?
A lot of people claim bipolar is a chemical "imbalance." The problem here is a logic puzzle. Since there is no consensus among scientists or doctors on specifically what "balanced" chemicals are, how can anyone possibly know if a bipolar person is "IMbalanced?" Once the drug companies convince people that the chemicals are "imbalanced," they provide drugs that they imply will "balance" you.
But, it's all bullshit. There is no balance. Do drugs have an effect on people? Of course. Do they...
John talks about ways neurotypical people can help bipolar people by being consistent, and understanding that all parts of a bipolar's plans may be connected. John also warns people in America suffering from bipolar or depression to speak out against the new Trumpcare bill (Graham-Cassidy), which could increase insurance premiums an additional $165 per week.
Contact the Senate Switchboard in Washington D.C.
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John Emotions rants about how his family abandoned him, even after they all learned of his bipolar. Also, addresses how society harnesses bipolar people when they're manic, but discards them when they get depressed. Day ends on an up note when Maria Bamford replies to his tweet.
John talks about how the podcast came to be, and thanks the early supporters on social media at bipolarstyle.com/leaderboard
BipolarJungle.com was also mentioned as the supportive networking place for bipolar people.
The Emo Jo icon design (the yin-yang smiley face) is discussed, as well as the intro music performed by the Gorillaz.