As I stood in the shop I spotted a sign for Australia (Where my brother lives) It had one word on it, ‘Escape’ And I thought somehow this was a message for me. So things were escalating pretty fast. (John)
Both the above comments link to other blogs Elle and I have written about the effects of psychosis. It’s been a year now since I first performed my stand up comedy show Delusions. The show is biographical and looks at the more acute aspects of living with Bipolar One (which we both have). I’ve received a lot of positive feedback in regards to the things tackled in the show. One thing that really struck me however was the amount of people who’ve known me a long time remarking on how they had no idea things like psychosis and delusions played such a prominent part in my life. At first I was genuinely surprised by this. I’d always assumed those in the same social circles as me had a good idea of what had been happening with me. It turns out the didn’t. Of course the main reason for this was I had never really spoken openly about these things. I will admit deciding to come out the closet about these issues via a stand up comedy show is perhaps a more unusual way to raise awareness of these aspects of mental health. But that was the point. I knew I had a platform where I could get information out there.
From doing the show I met Elle and so this blog was started. Elle like me had never really been publicly open about her experiences. To me this blog is perhaps even more important than the show as it can potentially reach a larger group of society.
I’ve never been open about these things in the past because of shame. Elle has also commented on this as well. You see, things are improving in our awareness of mental health. Many people are being more open on things like anxiety and depression, but I feel we are only scratching the surface when it comes to more acute mental health problems and raising a dialogue about them. It’s important because form that dialogue we can educate and be rid of many of the myths that surround these things.
Here’s some figures.
Worldwide about 1 percent of the population is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and approximately 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million) have the disorder. About 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia this year around the world.
“It is estimated that 2 to 7% of people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Almost 10 million people will develop the illness sometimes during their lives. About half of these will never receive the correct diagnosis or treatment.”
IN OTHER WORDS – You are not alone!
So I’m going to keep going with trying to raise awareness on these subjects. It’s good for me, it’s good for society as a whole. If you do like what you find on these pages please do follow us. You don’t need a WordPress account to do so, you can do it via email.