TV in Your Life - The Bipolar Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • I do not own a TV or a radio. My home is my sanctuary. I will not be violated by the craziness and stupidity of a world that I frequently find very hard to relate to. Yes, thanks to the internet, I did learn of the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, but thanks to no TV I was spared the endless repetition of disturbing images and hectoring voices.

     

    We are an extremely vulnerable population. First, there is our illness - bipolar - that makes us think too much, that makes us feel too wide and too deep, that fails to adequately filter out the world around us, that fails us in successfully adapting to whatever stressful situations life happens to throw our way. 

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    Then there is the fact that most of us carry more than one diagnosis, or at least have a little bit each of a lot of stuff going on - anxiety, ADD, personality quirks, problems with alcohol and substances, on and on.

     

    On top of all that, at least fifty percent of our bipolar population have been exposed to childhood trauma. 

     

    The result of all this is we have highly over-sensitized brains. We’re the first to go to pieces, the last to settle down. We need our quiet, but our brains won’t allow it. We need to feel safe, but our brains have other ideas. Time out is a luxury, inner peace an impossibility. We click on the TV ...

     

    Images, disturbing images. Voices, hectoring voices ...

     

    We click on the TV ...

     

    Stupidity, crass stupidity ...

     

    None of this works for me. My home is my quiet place, my sanctuary. Even my work is carried out in a soothing environment. When I relax, it is to healing music or pure silence. I will not countenance being invaded, violated. No TV, no radio. Are you with me?

     

    Provocative Question: TV in your life - please explain.

     

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Published On: July 22, 2012