Time Management – People First

mother and child sillouette“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”
— JIM ROHN

People and jobs sometimes seem to get in my way. I have trouble with distractions. Whether I am reading, watching TV or working on the computer, I hate it when the phone rings or someone invades my space.

When my kids were young, they often invaded my space. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children and always have. But if I was on the phone, they would choose that moment to act up. My dogs do the same thing now.

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TV’s Misrepresentation on Bipolar Disorder

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Television shows are suddenly very interested in people with Bipolar disorder with an emphasis on the inability of such people to function in the world or as serial rapists or crazed killers. How can people who have the disorder protect themselves from being labeled as criminally, mentally ill? The answer is to arm themselves with information and share it where appropriate.

It is true that people with Bipolar mood disorder have continual changes in thought, energy, mood, sleep and activity particularly before they are on the proper medications. But in spite of shifting states most people, even those who do not have their disorder under control with medication, are not usually going to commit murder or be serial rapists.

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Bipolar Disorder Information-Answering Faulty Television Characterizations

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Television shows are suddenly very interested in people with Bipolar mood disorder with an emphasis on the inability of people with bipolar disorder to function in the world or as crazed killers.

How can people who have the disorder protect themselves from being labeled as criminally, mentally ill?

The answer is to arm themselves with information and share it where appropriate. A television personality, Patty Duke, wrote a book about her experiences with the help of a psychiatrist–“Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness” by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman (Mass Market Paperback – Feb. 4, 1997). You can get this book from Amazon.com.

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Having Bipolar Disorder

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From the time I was a kid, I was different. I couldn’t tell you what made me different, but I was very aware of it and so were my peers and teachers who delighted in teasing me. I am old enough to tell you that I was thankful for the Hippie Movement that I stepped into when I went to college at age 18 because everyone was different and that was OK. I didn’t know I had Bipolar mood disorder.

It was OK to go without sleep for weeks on end, to sit in trees singing to myself and to go off on all sorts of adventures like Alice did in Wonderland. I also did what my peers were doing and wound up getting married instead of finishing my education. I thought I was a typical child of my times.

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