Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Challenge of BiPolar Forums

Until recently I was very active at the BiPolar forum www.theicarusproject.net
I'm not really a forum kind of guy, due mainly to time constraints, and so TIP was my very first forum participation - pure virgin territory. Can't remember how I found the site but I was immediately attracted to it. Here was a site promoting the BiPolar experience, recognising that the extreme passion of our moods are "dangerous gifts" rather than shameful disabilities.

So I bumbled my way into the forum. At first I loved it. Creative, brilliant souls all swarming around rare topics that really blow my mind. But after a while I started seeing that some participants were using the forum as a platform for their crack-me-up wit. Every post became a kind of verbal sparring contest, and it started becomming fkn tedious. The worst part was my observation that most of the smart-arses were merely BiPolar wannabes, having never spent one night in full-blown psychosis and certainly not more than 5 days in-a-row of genuine depression.

Like I said, I'm green at forums, so I don't know whether this is a problem with all forums or was specific to TIP. Admittedly, getting a BiPolar forum to work smoothly is a mammoth challenge. Think about it: the last people depressives want to hear from are manics and versa vice. Indeed there was a lot of BiPolar brian storming as to how to accomodate all the moodswingers. When I was last there some arse suggested that they make 2 "campfires", one for UPs and one for DOWNs. Well, people, BP Guy comes from the land of Apartheid and I can tell ya all that segregation doesn't work. I mean the whole fkn point of BiPolar therapy is to integrate and reconcile your diveregent mindstates - NOT TO FKN POLARISE THEM!

I left TIP on a pretty explosive note. Some jerk had started a thread titled "Words to inpsire hate" so BPG gave them a taste of some real mcCoy. I never went back after that (except to post a happy Christmas), so I'm not even sure how my comment was greeted. Probably with a lot of indignation. I mean, come on guys, moderate hate is OK, but hardcore hate?

I reckon I'll be back at TIP one day, so the response I got will remain a mystery for some time yet. And you know what? I don't give a blue-arsed shit!

2 comments:

  1. By BiPolar Guy
    I checked out TIP but wasn’t impressed.
    Here are more comments since I’ve seriously slacked off, LOL

    1/3: Good looking man-wowza! Mrs. M is very lucky. Sorry Miss L is gone for 3 months : (

    1/2: At least you got out-I stayed home and played on my PC while hubby was busy with his video game. So much for ringing in the new year…

    1/1: I am going to really delve into my photography too. I gave up meditation years ago.

    12/31: How horrible for Miss L. I wish I knew what I could say to help both of you but I’m at a loss of words. : ( I think the whole custody issue is just plain crap.

    12/30: Resolutions/Aspirations: I didn’t make any but clearly I need to…

    Finishing your book. Thanks for brining that up. I need to catch back up on my life story. I’ve still got another 10 years to write. Good luck finding time to work on it while in a creative mood and still fitting in all other activities you enjoy.

    Meditation: I find it VERY INTERESTING the number of bipolars who turn to Buddhism. I mean, there are a lot of us. I’ve lost my way spiritually years ago and the only thing I can think to classify myself is Buddhist/Catholic, though I hate to add another label to myself.

    My resolutions are to get healthy (mentally as well as physically), get that life story up to date, and look for a job that is going to better suit me (not an 8-5 job).

    12/29: Will she be able to move in with you? I saw in a later post that she had to leave but are their plans to have her move in with you when school is out?

    12/27:
    Here’s my list, somewhat similar…

    1. Six months since diagnosed with bipolar
    2. Six months on Lamictal vs just plain antidepressants that didn’t do a damn thing
    3. First serious manic episode
    4.

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  2. so i'm not all that bad after all, if i hooked you up with simplexicon and all, you should totally lend him some w0rd art to complement his m^2 efforts.

    oh, maggs, TIP is dead without my assholeness evah present there.

    yes, i be the arse who suggested: psychomaniax veer RIGHT, suicidals LEFT, mixed head on STRAIGHT THRU!

    personally i'm one of those fuks who has never been ILL, so y'all shakin lita fists at gawds & demons asking Y-oh-Y did this happen to me, good luck!

    to address this BPG dood re: not being more than 5 days depressed in a row (having already told him a billion times my 8+ months of raving manias pretty much dwarf his wanna be spiritualistical mind expansive experiences), i would think 1 goddam year of suicidal ideation is enuff!

    nevah again. will resume my bipolar vi eat your heart:z out w/ envy mind bending shitheadedness now.

    frankly, i don't give a flyin bloo fuk either, i think w0rd art is grand, BPG's ego is a bit wider than my own & lemme just say this, my eggo expands at supraluminal speeds (as simplexicon graciously noted) and it has long since surpassed the observable univerxe.

    z-bomination

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