theCryptofishist wrote:He probably needed involuntary commitment, or at least someone to make sure he took his meds...
That's a little harsh, I guess. I know first hand how brutal bi-polar can be--and Scott was not in Addis' league.
This is also reference in Rest in Peace, and Knowmad bumped Suicidal Tendencies. Not sure if this should be attached to one of the earlier Addis threads.
No, not harsh at all. Necessary and frequently heart-wrenching.
My ex is bipolar, sometimes suicidal. Trying to help, always worrying, answering tough questions from the kids. Yah, I have some 1st hand experience myself. 7 years after the divorce and 2 years since I last had any contact with her and the feelings are still raw. After years of struggling to keep her going I was done. I had nothing more to give, realized that I was close to the edge myself.
For me, becoming a burner was the therapy I needed to being myself again. The community, creativity and general anarchy of Burning Man helped a hell of a lot in making me whole again.
Mental illness affects more than the individual who has it....