3 thoughts on “X-Men: Days of Future Past Explores Bipolar Disorder

  • June 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Loved your article, Tom. I will never look at The X-Men the same way. I haven’t seen the most recent one but I’m sure my hubby and I will get around to it soon. Thanks for never giving up and always moving forward. You views and your work are important and has helped so many change their lives.

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  • June 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Don’t say this around any mental health professionals or youll be committed for grandiose thinking.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Love, love your comparison here.
    A totally new way of looking into our bipolar & not retreating rapidly from the fear of being ‘different’.

    I’ve recently helped with my daughter’s new diagnosis BP1.
    That experience was a lot worse than my own diagnosis, BP2, some 20yrs prior..
    (when it’s your precious child & all those hopeless feelings & memories come flooding back – much worse.)

    Even my subsequent suicidal tendencies & many different medical treatments, that did not work for me.
    Until finally, ECT was presented as a last straw & then the tegretol meds, maintained my health for over 10yrs approx’.
    It has taken me personally, well all my life & am still learning, to understand myself better.
    My triggers & monitoring the personal check list..exercise, nutrition & a balanced lifestyle etc..
    I’ve been meds free for just over a decade when….

    I’ve experienced another episode recently & then cancelling my own wedding as a result.
    I was just about to marry my partner after some 24yrs de’facto, with our adult children from university, to witness & enjoy. Our entire family & friends were on board & within 2wks of the date…

    (my partner already had an idea, that I may not be able to see it through – he knows me so well! :))

    …I ran so far & fast, spinning out of control etc..
    The mania was frightening, exhilarating & exhausting. Then the overwhelming grief of letting everyone down including myself. All that hard work & prep’, I threw it all away.
    Stress, fear & many people whom I know personally, frightened & triggered me abruptly.
    Funny I’m not so intimidated by strangers at all, family however…!

    My mother is BP1, extremely clever & rather narcissistic. She’ll never be treated for it, because she’s fine & the rest of the world is wrong! My childhood when under her care is best described as shifting sands beneath my feet. I never knew if I would come home from school to a massive party or that I’d be in great danger/trouble for whatever reason. It nearly always surprised me as her ability to gaslight me from a young age, was very successful. Confusion & insecurity was a staple in my childhood, the two things I could always rely on.

    My mother-in-law is schizophrenic & she does take medication regularly. She’s high functioning, although at times she seems to be the coldest person I’ve ever met, she is also quite brilliant & occasionally supportive of her family.

    I actually didn’t intend to write so much here. Carried away again & excited by the X-men ideas.
    Thank you.

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