Monday, January 23, 2006
Carnival of Compassion
This week I am hosting the Carnival of Compassion. This is a celebration of life, death, healing and disease.
Why celebrate death and disease?
Because it is through suffering that one learns the about healing and life.
This week I want to take a look at a mental health disease known as Bipolar Disorder or Manic/Depression. This is characterized by alternating moods of euphoria and depression. With treatment, such as medication and psychotherapy, a normal life may be achieved. Many people are only aware of the untreated cases that make it onto the news but these are not the norm. There are many individuals with this disorder that are coping with life ( a family, a job etc) while they learn and achieve a balance in their moods and cognition. They are often gifted in some manner.
Meet three bloggers that have this disorder.
Bipolar Guy struggles with his illness but exhibits high creative skills and is a member of Menza.
Jane is active in the blogging community. Talking about compassionate, she definitely is. She's also a creative, popular and responsible individual.
Sabrina struggles with her illness, sometimes going off her medication but while pregnant she went back to school and made the honor roll and deans list.
An amazing web page that supports people with bipolar illness is the Icarus Project. It has several forums and media displays. Individuals have an opportunity to share what works for them.
John McManamy , a former journalist, has an informative web page and blog about his Bipolar Disorder.
Before you leave the carnival grounds, there is one more blogger with the disorder that I want you to visit.
Remember, everyone has something to bear. Learning and understanding about other people's burdens brings us closer to where a real carnival of compassion counts, in the heart.
To submit to host your own Carnival of Compassion, visit the web page for information.