Bipolar/ Mental Health Quotes

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“Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it, an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not infrequently, suicide.”  – Kay Redfield Jamison

“Soon madness has worn you down. It’s easier to do what it says than argue. In this way, it takes over your mind. You no longer know where it ends and you begin. You believe anything it says. You do what it tells you, no matter how extreme or absurd. If it says you’re worthless, you agree. You plead for it to stop. You promise to behave. You are on your knees before it, and it laughs.”
-Marya Hornbacher

“Everything can change anything and anything can change everything.”-Grace Collier

Once you’re labeled as mentally ill, and that’s in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as an artifact of your mental illness.

-Hilary Mantel

Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. -David Foster Wallace

I had some experience in dealing with people who have mental illness and depression, but I didn’t see the signs in myself. I couldn’t ask for help because I didn’t know I needed help.

-Clara Hughes 

Please don’t confuse me with my illness, I am not Bipolar, I have bipolar. -G.E Laine

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.—Wayne Dyer

The vast majority of people who have mental illness problems never hurt anybody. -Penn Jillette 

Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. -Adam Ant

Mental illness is a very powerful thing. If it is with you it is probably going to be there until the day you die. I am trying so hard to break mine, but it is not easy. It is my toughest fight ever.

-Frank Bruno 

Mental illness, of course, is not literally a ‘thing’ – or physical object – and hence it can ‘exist’ only in the same sort of way in which other theoretical concepts exist. -Thomas Szasz 

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.  -Bill Clinton

Mental illness is an equal-opportunity illness. Every one of us is impacted by mental illness. One in five adults are dealing with this illness, and many are not seeking help because the stigma prevents that.  -Margaret Larson

“I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been midly manic. When I am my present “normal” self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In sort, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

Nothing in my life has ever made me want to commit suicide more than people’s reaction to my trying to commit suicide. -Emilie Autumn

For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet… and hoped that they would go away. -Richard J. Codey 

What is the natural reaction when told you have a hopeless mental illness? That diagnosis does you in; that, and the humiliation of being there. I mean, the indignity you’re subjected to. My God. -Kate Millett 

“Bipolar can make you unstable, but you are still able. Never give up, never give in, you will find your peace again.”
-G.E Laine

And sometimes it hits me out of nowhere. All of a sudden this overwhelming sadness rushes over me. And I get discouraged and I get upset and I feel hopeless, sad and hurt. And once again, I feel numb to the world.  -Unknown

“Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are. Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand. Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”
― Alyssa ReyansLetters from a Bipolar Mother

I’ve had this problem since I was in my 20s. They don’t call it manic depression anymore. They call it a bipolar disorder, and I’m a Type 2. -Ned Beatty 

Manic depression’s touching my soul. I know what I want, but I just don’t know how to go about getting it.
-Jimi Hendrix

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. – Aristotle

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. – Ray Bradbury

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.

- Carrie Fisher

Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively. – Voltaire

What a creature of strange moods [Winston Churchill] is – always at the top of the wheel of confidence or at the bottom of an intense depression. – Lord Beaverbrook

Had [Winston Churchill] been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished. – Anthony Storr

If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman. – Plato

When I am high I couldn’t worry about money if I tried. So I don’t. The money will come from from somewhere; I am entitled; God will provide. Credit cards are disastrous, personal checks worse. Unfortunately, for manics anyway, mania is a natural extension of the economy. – Kay Redfield Jamison

Of all our conversations, I remember most vividly [Robert Lowell's] words about the new drug, lithium carbonate, which had such good results and gave him reason to believe he was cured: “It’s terrible, Bob, to think that all I’ve suffered, and all the suffering I’ve caused, might have arisen from the lack of a little salt in my brain”. – Robert Giroux

I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation. – W. Churchill

Do your best and prepare for the worst.    -G.E Laine

I’m so happy. Cause today I found my friends. They’re in my head. I’m so ugly. But that’s ok. ‘Cause so are you. We’ve broke our mirrors. Sunday morning. Is everyday for all I care. And I’m not scared. Light my candles. In a daze cause I’ve found god. – Lyrics from “Lithium” by Nirvana 91′

“I am excessively slothful, and wonderfully industrious–by fits. There are epochs when any kind of mental exercise is torture, and when nothing yields me pleasure but the solitary communion with the ‘mountains & the woods’–the ‘altars’ of Byron. I have thus rambled and dreamed away whole months, and awake, at last, to a sort of mania for composition. Then I scribble all day, and read all night, so long as the disease endures.”
-Edgar Allen Poe

“There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars….But, somewhere, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against–you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable….It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.”
-Kay Redfield Jamison

“I want to apologize for plaguing you with so many telephone calls last November and December. When the ‘enthusiasm’ is coming on me it is accompanied by a feverish reaching out to my friends. After its over I wince and wither.”
-Robert Lowell

I finally came to terms with manic depression and lithium. I’ve taken lithium regularly for the past few years and have had no further bouts with manic depression. – Charley Pride

I felt like a specimen instead of a person. -G.E Laine

Lithium, don’t want to lock me up inside. Lithium, don’t want to forget how it feels without… Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow. Oh, but God, I want to let it go. - Lyrics from “Lithium” by Evanescence

“Then, as time rolls on, my head really speeds up; ideas are moving so fast they’re stumbling over each other and I begin to get this sense of power–power over other people. I begin to feel that what I think and do is of significance to those around me, even to the universe at large. I think of myself as having special insight, as understanding things that others do not, and with a special capacity to lead. I recognize now that these are warning signs.”
-Stephan Szabo

“It is difficult to put into words what I suffered–the longing that seemed to be tearing my heart out by the roots, the dreadful sense of being alone in an empty universe, the agonies that thrilled through me as if the blood were running ice-cold through my veins, the disgust with living, the impossibility of dying. Shakespeare himself never described this torture; but he counts it, in Hamlet, among the terrible of all the evils of existence. I had stopped composing; my mind seemed to become feebler as my feelings grew more intense. I did nothing. One power was left to me–to suffer.”
-Hector Berlioz (French composer)

“Clear your energy, honor your rhythm, live your vision ”

- George Denslow

“Suddenly I wanted to get better. Mania wasn’t fun anymore. It wasn’t creative or visionary. It was mean parody at best, a cheap chemical trick. I needed to stop and get better. I’d take whatever they gave me, I pledged silently. I’d take Trilafon or Thorazine or whatever. I just wanted to sleep.”
― David Lovelace

“Compared to bipolar’s magic, reality seems a raw deal. It’s not just the boredom that makes recovery so difficult, it’s the slow dawning pain that comes with sanity – the realization of illness, the humiliating scenes, the blown money and friendships and confidence. Depression seems almost inevitable. The pendulum swings back from transcendence in shards, a bloody, dangerous mess. Crazy high is better than crazy low. So we gamble, dump the pills, and stick it to the control freaks and doctors. They don’t understand, we say. They just don’t get it. They’ll never be artists.”
― David Lovelace

“A big part of getting better is through acceptance and acceptance alone.” -G.E Laine

“Love is not enough. It takes courage to grab my father’s demon, my own, or – God help me – my child’s and strap it down and stop its mad jig; to sit in a row of white rooms filled with pills and clubbed dreamers and shout: stop smiling, shut up; shut up and stop laughing; you’re sitting in hell. Stop preaching; stop weeping. You are a manic-depressive, always. your life is larger than most, unimaginable. You’re blessed; just admit it and take the damn pill.”
― David Lovelace

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.”
 Kay Redfield JamisonAn Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

“Except you cannot outrun insanity, anymore than you can outrun your own shadow.”
― Alyssa Reyans

“As I say I don’t want to kill myself, I just wouldn’t mind dying.”

-Stephen Fry

“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.”
-Julian Seifter

“Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.”
-Eckhart Tolle

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
-Theodore I. Rubin

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.”
-Saint Francis de Sales

“The point about manic depression or bipolar disorder, as it’s now more commonly called, is that it’s about mood swings. So, you have an elevated mood. When people think of manic depression, they only hear the word depression. They think one’s a depressive. The point is, one’s a manic-depressive.”
-Stephen Fry

I’m fine, but I’m bipolar. I’m on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I’m never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It’s like being a diabetic.
-Carrie Fisher

It’s rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it’s Hemingway, Van Gogh… Robert Schumann has been mentioned… Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath… some of them with rather grim ends.
-Stephen Fry

So when I was 24, someone suggested to me that I was bipolar, and I thought that was ridiculous. I just thought he was trying to get out of treating me. But he was also responding to the chaotic nature of my life.
-Carrie Fisher

Because of my bipolar disorder, I tend to these mixed states, which are depressed but loud and agitated. So I can be terribly irritable. I go to cognitive behavioral therapy in order not to yell at my children. -Ayelet Waldman

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed. -Mason Cooley

I want to show that the dividing lines between sanity and mental illness have been drawn in the wrong place. -Anthony Storr

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. -Eric McCormack 

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle

I think Hell exists on Earth. It’s a psychological state, or it can be a physical state. People who have severe mental illness are in Hell. People who have lost a loved one are in Hell. I think there are all kinds of different hells. It’s not a place you go to after you die.  -Al Franken 

 

12 Comments

  1. I feel for the first time in my life that other people exist that are the same as me…I have spent 59 years with this insidious condition and can now allow myself to have some hope…I have attempted suicide 14 times and always with the wish that it would be the last…but I’m still here and now I know why…I am meant to have some quality of life before I die…thats enough for me, those years are lost now, but I do have hope at last.
    I do hope that the collatoral damage this has caused for those that love and have loved me, can understand and forgive me

    • Your not alone, and you are loved by many more people than you would ever believe would. Even after all the horrible things said or done. I knew from the age of 4 that something wasn’t right about me. It took till the tender age of 60 (15 of those trying to find what was wrong) to finally get stabilized,. I’ve heard that Prayer asks God for healing, mediation is waiting on what God give you what you need. I think the latter is correct. My lovely wife finally said it this way, stop saying you;re sorry and that you love me. Show me your actions then I’ll know if you truly love me and I can trust you. So I begin my journey again.

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