Originally Posted by Bob Sheed
Good for you! Reminds me of another story I heard on NPR a while back about a little girl 30 years ago or so, who just couldn't keep her feet still in school. Without even thinking, she would catch herself tapping with her hands to some imaginary rhythm, or tapping her feet to the same.
The idea of "cheering" someone because he didn't need drugs in his case is infuriating to me. Everyone is different. Some people require drugs to keep a chemical imbalance in check, not to make them fit some society's mold, but to keep them from harming themselves or others. If recent events across this country don't help you understand that, I don't know what will. Needing drugs or not needing drugs are neither cheerworthy in and of themselves. Being honest with yourself about what you need, seeking help when you need it, pursuing whatever avenue is right for you to make yourself better -- that is ALL cheerworthy.
The flip side of the cheerworthy! event of not "needing" medication is not "needing" medication. My grandmother's stepfather was bipolar. this was prior to medication, prior to diagnosis even. He led an extremely difficult life punctuated by highs during which he would go outside and buy automobiles for strangers and lows during which he could barely move for days. This obviously had a tremendous impact on his family, and my grandmother, as the oldest of four children and the only one not biologically related to him (therefore the only one not predisposed to the disease herself) bore the brunt of it. He was a loving, wonderful man, but he made their lives absolute hell at times. that's what an absence of medication can get you. It was lifelong. He was that way when he had died. If medication had been able to make his brain function in a more balanced way, to make his life better, his family's lives better, so much pain would have been avoided.
If this thread has made anything clear, it's that even in this day and age, it's still very brave for someone like Raisor to step up and say what he is dealing with, exposing himself to judgment by people who have no knowledge of the personal situation he's undoubtedly dealt with around the clock for years. I really applaud anyone who takes the steps he or she needs to get help in whatever form is needed for his or her particular situation. It's a very difficult process made more difficult by others' preconceived notions. I'm so glad you're doing so well, Raisor, for your sake and for the sake of the soul of baseball message boards everywhere.