Bugsy Bipolar – Protracted Adolescence

Remember that film – cute little kids with fake shooters and accents like Bogart? Kids projected into adulthood – bit like Bipolar eh? Reckon so as they say. Trouble is we find them cute and appealing, but when Bipolar makes kids of us adults the reaction is not the same. Maybe we’d be cut more […]

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Occam’s Bipolar Razor

Apologies for paraphrasing William Occam’s theory promulgated as long ago as the 13th Century, in which to paraphrase yet further, he states “simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones” Or to stick to a colloquial version of which he might have approved, ‘keep it simple stupid’ It’s a theory […]

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How I wish I’d never used the ‘bully’ word

In my most recent post I attempted a small mea culpa about my bullying behaviour some 45 years previous. Not that it had been troubling me, as it was relatively minor, and was not something I ever did after my troubled teenage years. I wrote, as usual, to add some thoughts on Bipolar. And whooah […]

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The Missing Link

I regret to say that as a teenager I was something of a bully. I assuage my guilt through a rear-view mirror perespective that my bullying activity in no way matched what seems to occur today. Perhaps it was the Bipolar already kicking in that made me feel somehow separate and indeed inadequate in some […]

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May contain Nuts

I’m never sure whether my bizarre brain makes spurious links or whether they happen to most people, but my thinking often ‘bursts out’ from innocent triggers. One such trigger was recalling that term Champagne Socialists – one that no longer fits the zeitgeist. My politics are of no consequence on this point, but I did […]

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What we have here is a failure to communicate.

The above is a quote from the film Cool Hand Kit. Ok ….. Cool Hand Luke. Sadly Luke – Paul Newman ( a poor substitute for me on the looks front ) takes on the prison system, allowing himself to become a hero for the inmates, who look to him to voice and act on […]

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Ramadan and my Bipolar

It’s the start of Ramadan today and, as is my way, I always look for linkages between life events and Bipolar – however specious and pathetically weak they might appear. As most of you will know there are two distinct elements to Ramadan – being the fasting during the period from dawn to dusk, followed […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

        I made an earth shattering discovery today – I think I’ve unearthed a new mental illness. It’s called Tripolar!  Let me explain. A couple of days ago I heard that unique riff or refrain that underscored the film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. And it immediately struck me there […]

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Left a bit …ooooer…..right a bit….b******!

  A pig of a week, relationship issues, wrestling with my stupid brain, a touch of the Farmers due to stress!!  ….aarrggh! I was minded of those infernal games you used to get at Christmas, long before electronic stuff. They often popped out of the better class of Cracker! Then usually the worse for wear […]

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Who speaks for us?

        I’ve spoken at length that mental illness is the last bastion of mass prejudice. And in thinking about this, it suddenly occurred to me that I know of no-one who speaks in the media about mental illness who suffers from mental illness. I exclude from this the Hollywood types who get […]

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