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1  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: What exactly is "Severe manic depression?" on: May 19, 2008, 12:02:40 PM
Severe manic depression, type II, of course, carried with it delusions.
Not being a PITA, but that would be Bipolar-1 wink

My BP1 delusions were around the idea that I was a "superman" of sorts. I won't get into some of my "superhuman acts" but they were far from superhuman. They were the worst, physically, as I could've gotten killed... but I've had other wierd delusional thinking. Some of the stuff you mentioned about Daniel's delusional thinking I've experienced myself... especially being a WWII buff. I went there once even knowing what a horrid man Hitler was. It was just different when I was... out there. I also had some Devil vs. the Holy Virgin Mary delusions. Funny thing is I haven't been a practicing Catholic since I was in grammar school undecided

Bipolar-2 is far less destructive to the person's life. They can function at work & with family without issue generally mantaining an almost completely normal life. Also it almost never leads to an inpatient hospitalization. It's hypomanic episodes with depressive times. Nowdays it seems like the pharmaceutical companies are trying to make BP2 as the new depression of the 21st century. Like Prozac did in the early 90's, now we have Lamictal bolstering the whole BP 2 (and now 1) with it's commercials.

I agree with you about the DSM... there are NO two patients that are alike! The more years that go by the more diagnoses we have added to it. Good case is the whole ADD/ADHD thing. It was non-exhistant when I was a kid and showing S&S of Bipolar-1. If I were born 10 15 years later I'd be ADHD. It's/They're all brain disorders involving chemical imbalances. The drugs they make one year for schizophrenia are being used the following year for bipolar, then vice versus. Hopefully one day we'll just have BRAIN CHEMICAL IMBALANCES... period! We can use proper drugs to control symptoms. Make life a lot simpler without 100s of MI names wink

Peace to all, peace to Dan  cool
2  General Discussion / Biographical Forum / Re: Drug Use on: May 17, 2008, 01:21:09 PM
There was a diagnosis used a lot back in the late 70's - early 80's called "stimulant induced psychosis vs. pshychosis" (or "schizophrenia/bipolar"). Maybe it's still used elsewhere. Like I said in another thread they change these mental health diagnoses all the time. They use to admit people for "suspiciousness of charachter" at the peak of the asylum days rolleyes We've come a long way... but there's miles left ahead!

Drugs certainly don't cause the brain disorders but they can trigger them in early adulthood... and worsten them for people already showing symptoms.
3  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: What exactly is "Severe manic depression?" on: May 17, 2008, 12:35:29 PM
I was just curious to know what gives you that impression?  I haven't heard him speak of the devil or any other delusions in well over 10 years.
Well not knowing him (which I'm sad to say sad ) the movie sort of projects that imagery... that and I don't know how old some of the drawings shown in the actual film are. Delusions happen with bipolarism (I know) but usually I see schizoaffective-bipolar type clients that need a constant anti-psychotic (along with the mood stabilizers/antidepressant/mild benzo cocktail) used to prevent delusions/hallucinations from reoccuring. Whether it's a newer neuroleptic in the form of a pill or a longer acting deconate shot.

Glad to hear it's been so long since he's even mentioned it!
4  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnston Limited Ed. Screenprint on: May 17, 2008, 12:05:04 PM
Very disturbing... me likes grin
5  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnston's family history of manic-depression/bipolar disorder? on: May 17, 2008, 12:03:43 PM
Mental illnesss usually is familial. My dad had "an anxiety disorder", my mother was diagnosed "bipolar 2", and I have an uncle who's past now that was a definate paranoid schizophrenic. Bipolar is manageable but the meds do suck. When one stops the meds too you tend to gravitate to self-medicating with alcohol or whatever.

6  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel's Drawings on: May 17, 2008, 11:57:34 AM
They really are expensive as I wanted to buy an original watercolor but I understand his family and management are trying to help provide him with means to later support himself. I tried to direct mail Dan a little over a year ago but it looks like the best I can do now is a reprint that's signed for $75 sad I mailed him before I knew they sold original prints online for hundreds. A simple Joe Boxer is all I wanted. I can relate to the symbolism cheesy
7  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: What exactly is "Severe manic depression?" on: May 17, 2008, 11:35:10 AM
I'm wondering if Dan is indeed a "Bipolar 1" or more like a schizoaffective- bipolar type. I work psych as an RN in a state hospital here and the whole diagnoses thing with patients is really debatable. People come in, there is a serious issue, but they're either admitted with their old diagnoses from past admissions or something is thrown on them just to get them admitted and SSI payment to start for their inpatient costs. It seems like Mr. Johnston is stable but he still closesly clings (Huh) to his Devil beliefs or possible delusions... as if he's not fully recovered in that area. I imagine he'd probably be on a mood stabilizer (Lithium, depakote, Lamictal) & also a atypical antipsychotic (Zyprexa, Geodon, Risperdal) to keep delusional thinking at a minimum. The movie makes it really apparant in his early years that he was/is a "textbook bipolar 1", but the later delusions and their predominance in his life & thoughts make you wonder. Generally someone who is bipolar (or manic-depressive) type 1 is pretty symptom free while in remission. That is you wouldn't think twice of them as mentally ill unless they went manic or depressive. Unfortunately, too, mental illness is SOOOOO complicated & compounded by drug abuse that even more symptoms occur and make rediagnoses warranted... or it really masks the original diagnoses completely because of delusions that occur post severe drug abuse.

Anyways. I wish him the best. Not just as a psych professional... but also as a person living with bipolarism.
8  General Discussion / Website Forum / I'm fine but how is everyone else? on: May 06, 2008, 11:33:28 AM
New to the board so I just wanted to say hi and give a little background. I'm 35, a male, and I work as a Psychiatric R.N. in a long-term Psychiatric Center. I'm passionate about mental health care which is the only field I've worked in as a nurse that's made sense... or where I feel I belong... on more than one level. I live with bipolar disorder and was really moved when I first saw the Devil and Daniel Johnston. I purchased the movie soon after seeing it, and it's had some impact on a few of the patients I care for as far as motivation and hope. I've played it on weekends when I can get some interested guys to hang out with me in the TV room and sit through the film. It's very few clients that can sit through it due to the severity of their illness... but still it reaches some... and some is obviously better than none. I work at a State Hospital... one of those ones that has it's historic 130 year old "Kirkbride" style building next to the newer building. The old one housing upwards of 3,500 souls, and the new with 250 beds. Deinstitutionalization being one of the few good things this country's politicians have worked on the past century.

I was diagnosed late in life with bipolar 1 and I suffered a lot due to that fact. Lots of polysubstance abuse and addiction before I finally received a diagnoses explaining why I was off the wall. They put me on meds (the right meds after a few years of trial & error) and I realized there was something really wrong with me and that I was medicating my illness with the wrong stuff. Anyways (as I ramble), I've been stable now for a few years minus a bump or two in the road. I really draw inspiration from Daniel's tale, his accomplishments, and it just shows that recovery from mental illness is possible... even for the sickest of people.

BTW: Happy Mental Illness Awareness Month to the world! grin
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