8. Why Bipolar People Commit Suicide

bipolarORwakingUP.com Anger, Aggression and Suicidal thoughts are not symptoms of a mental illness called bipolar disorder. They are symptoms of being human.

This a short version of a suicide prevention public service announcement produced by students in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education’s School Psychology program. The project was supported by a grant from the NC Department of Public Health’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program. The video is being provided to television stations and movie theaters across the state as part of the state’s “It’s OK to ask” campaign. Find help and information at itsok2ask.com. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. “As future school psychologists, we strive to publicly address issues affecting today’s youth and this was a perfect opportunity,” said Jessica Keroack, coordinator of the project. Those involved in the production: Project Coordinator: Jessica Keroack, Pd.D. candidate in School Psychology Producers: Debbie Vu and Ethan Henderson Actors: Meredith Parks, Rebecca Watson, Steve Knotek Other School Psychology members involved: Anna Stagg, Sheena Berry, Genna Durante Steve Knotek, associate professor and program coordinator of the School Psychology program The UNC-CH Department of Dramatic Arts and Communication
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  1. chipgelser said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    That is BS buddy. My Bipolar 1, that I have had for 35 years is biochemical. It may be exacerbated by codependency but my medication works. Codependency theories do not explain the Disorder. Wrongo buddy.

  2. bipolarorwakingup said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Well put. Thank you for the interesting comments!

  3. bipolarorwakingup said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    But if you define adulthood or being ‘mature’ as being at modern, materialist consciousness, I can’t agree entirely. Some people in crisis are already ‘adults’, seeing the world through modern, mature eyes. Their transition isn´t into adulthood, but into post-modernity, where their lives take on an open-ness, a greater emotional sensitivity and a deeper spiritual orientation to living. At this level, life is more about connection and less about transactions. See my videos on consciousness!

  4. bipolarorwakingup said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    OH, I think there a quite a few people looking at how damaging the drugs are now, Robert Whittaker and his books, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic are really leading the way. So far, I´ve focused on the spiritual aspect, because nobody else does, and it´s important, but I hope to talk about the meds more one day. I do have one video – 8 Reasons to RUN from Anti-depressants. You might like it!

  5. Alchemy0109 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    If you understand existential rebirth then you understand how people get caught in the middle being tortured to death by being enabled and enabling people. To have an existential rebirth is to have your eyes open and to see the knotting relationships that were causing you so much pain and to get away from them safely Existentialism is about waking up each day without God or any other human being doing anything for you that you can do for yourself. And you don’t have to cover for parental abuse.

  6. Alchemy0109 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I’m convinced all mental illness comes from the concept of people being adult children in variouse forms. All mental illness has it’s roots in codependency. Thus we see why when people go through a spiritual transformation they find people like Joseph Campbell because there on the Hero’s Journey to becoming an adult. There fighting the darkness of there parental archetypes that were negative to them and they must get out out of there stuckness to mature into adults. Overcoming abuse.

  7. Alchemy0109 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    While psychiatry creates it’s own victims know one is willing to look at how harmful psychiatric drugs are.There repsonsible for countless deaths every year. Thus the world has made people invisible. It’s a sick society that keeps denying that these pills are not the answer and are quick fixes to understanding the soul . Life is about setting people free but most of life in variouse forms creates bondage. If you want to set someone free transform them. Get them off the drugs and get them happy.

  8. Alchemy0109 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Suicide can come from being put under the covers for pscychitraic drugs.While the person in pain has no where to go for real help they kill themself.Then after they die the people around them say things like “They were sick.We did everything for him or her.” Thus developing a myth in life that continues the lie. All this does is support a sick industry called psychiatry. What a strange Looking Glass World we live in. The blind leading the blind doesn’t work.

  9. Alchemy0109 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    People defintely need a safe place to release there repression and to heal the parts of them that are a danger to self and others. Paranoids are most likely to be violent. Healing Malice through the Looking Glass is about healing repression as a demonic type of energy that is locked into the unconciouse do to soul loss. Releasing this trauma is nessecary to transform hate back into love.
    This type of healing is not for the mainstream. The mainstream represses peoples repression.

  10. bipolarorwakingup said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    That was a really sweet comment. Thank you!

  11. KegPatcha said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    When you talk, I feel your words have a stronger impact in me than with any other spiritual teacher (Ken Wilber is on the suggested videos). I feel the words of someone who have visited hell and came back renewed, conscious and aware, with a profound understanding of the process involving spirtual awakening. I share with you your findings, your process and your inner soul. Fortunately for me, I live in a third world country where, at the most, people call you crazy. I wasn’t hospitalized.

  12. bipolarity2000 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    So much I appreciate your videos, I think this one is wrong. I had suicidal-thoughts without ever having taken a medication, seing a doctor or had problems with the police (what also happened later). If you are in a state of depression or mania you cannot think rationally. One cannot find a specific, logical or linear-causal reason,- what perhaps is hardest for people to realize. In case of depression I was not “hopless” or “sad”,- I was without any emotion and described it as just “be”.

  13. bipolarorwakingup said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Thank you!

  14. jagara1 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    What a great ending to this video!

    A lot of what you say is in accord with my own experience and also with a crazy Tibetan yogi who in his “Song of a Yogi’s Joy” says:

    Oh, happy are the myriad manifestations!
    The more ups-and-downs, the more joy I feel.

    Happy indeed are the countless confusions!
    The greater the fear, the greater the happiness I feel.
    Milarepa is considered by many Buddhists to be enlightened…

  15. BP sufferer said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Exactly is really difficult for ‘NORMAL’ people to understand me, so i just left myself there. One of my best friend, she also suffered from depression, so it means really same type of ppl can understand each other? In fact I think it is.

  16. TheProphetEliza said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Yeh looking at things that way makes me feel a little less mad

  17. JamieFHarbert said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    I have bi-polar and I feel that it takes me what I call The 10Xfactor, that is it take me ten times more effert to maintain a stabble level of living then someone with out illness. i feel that bi-polar is a byproduct chemicle additives in our food and also that normal people needs to laible other people who are not like them.

  18. immyownselfinmymindd said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    this is wrong…….people actually comit suicide because if this

  19. Playfullbeast said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    how the fuck did i get here?

  20. Ilovescrubs99 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Haha, this is wrong. They dont know the symptoms of bipolar.

  21. mssmirky said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Often that ‘positive part’, as you describe it, is not nice. When you are in a manic phase (or hypomanic, in my case), shopping sprees, hypersexuality, fidgeting, racing thoughts, and many other factors come into play. Your ‘good feeling’ only lasts as long as it takes to realise that you have maxed out the credit cards on stuff you dont want, and dont remember buying, and now you have to explain to partner why money is short this week/return loads of stuff. Not so nice after all…

  22. mssmirky said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    That’s a pretty broad statement you’re making there. I agree with you about the side effects (lets face it, we cant cure it, only ‘manage the symptoms’), either numbing or dumbing, as I call it. But I think it is a little irresponsible of you to tell ppl not to take meds, especially in the early days of diagnosis, when you might not have any real understanding of your condition. Insight comes with age and experience (many, many painful ones, often enough). I’m not having a go at you, though.

  23. mssmirky said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    At least we know ‘what makes you violent or aggressive’ lol

  24. RandomCookies3 said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    people saying that I’m not alone just makes things worse, and you can’t say “this is why” they commit suicide, its not always the same for one person and another, this video is very good for showing people that people with bipolar aren’t all sad suicidal creepy emos, I’m emo but that only means that I get emotional easily not that I cut or I have black makeup and clothes and black scene/goth hair, plz share this video to show others the truth, and why rumors aren’t true

  25. TheGonzalezyGonzalez said,

    Wrote on July 5, 2012 @ 11:17 pm


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