This blog is not for bipolar people only. Today I found out that someone who had been reading my blog didn’t feel comfortable commenting because she does not consider herself bipolar. She may have been surprised to learn that I do not consider myself bipolar either. Though I say this again and again people do not remember it and in this case, unfortunately it kept someone, who clearly has keen insight into the issues this blog deals with from commenting. Of course I’m always picking up new readers as well and many people just look at my URL and assume I’m bipolar. Certainly many of you know this is an inclusive blog and many of my commenters do not identify as bipolar—many of you do as well.
And then, of course, there is the vast majority of my readers who leave no comments at all whom I know nothing about!! Come on out you lurkers. Would love to know who you are! Just know I greatly appreciate each and everyone of you even if you choose to never say a word.
An excerpt from my “About” page:
This blog is documentation of my journey off psychiatric medications as well as an introduction to alternative forms of care for mental health disorders regardless of whether one is on medications, off medications, or coming off medications. This blog is not only for people with bipolar disorder. As I say in my “Undiagnosing Myself” post I do not believe I’m bipolar but I did for many years and I chose the url and original title of the blog to attract people who may have experiences like mine and believe themselves to be bipolar. This blog can also be for anyone who does identify bipolar or who identifies with any other psychiatric diagnosis. All diagnosis can potentially respond to natural treatments. It’s possible for anyone to consider life without medication. And so this is above and beyond all else a blog that is a contemplation about healing ourselves through means other than medication whether you’re on medications or not. And I might add whether you choose to stay on them or not. While it is my personal opinion that drugs are neurotoxins that harm, people can improve with natural healing methods even while staying on drugs.
Finally this blog can also be for anyone struggling with emotional difficulties who have never been diagnosed and have never taken meds. The self-care suggestions are potentially helpful for anyone with emotional distress.
Of course all this is done through my personal experience and things I read and am drawn to and nothing should be considered advice. I offer all this simply as food for thought.
I have saved my own URL on my own domain that is simply “beyondmeds.net.” I would like to make that change and lose the whole emphasis on bipolar disorder now that I’m established. On the other hand, I don’t feel so confident in my establishment as to change URL’s just yet. That involves losing hundreds of links to this blog. So until I reach what I consider a more critical mass, I am staying here.
So to all my diverse readers, thank you and for those of you who might think you might not fit in, think again!