Years ago before I began to recognize what was happening with the diagnosing and medicating of so many thousands, I heard Lili Taylor was bipolar. This pleased me, since at the time I gave some credence to the diagnosis and as I admired her as an actress who took on interesting, non-traditional roles in independent film. She, thus, inspired me.
Yesterday I did a search with her name and “bipolar.” I was even more pleased and inspired to find that she has never been medicated. Many like her have been medicated as very young teens or adults and the tragedy is some of those people will probably never be able to soar creatively as she has done:
Taylor’s fascination with psychology grew out of her own family’s experience with mental illness: her father was diagnosed as manic depressive, and in high school, she herself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, though she was not medicated. Her therapist suspected Taylor’s symptoms might disappear once she found an outlet for her creative energies — which is exactly what happened, Taylor says. (emphasis mine)
This is, of course, how it could be for the vast majority of folks if they were actually deeply supported to find themselves and trust the often difficult and disruptive process of doing so.