The sole purpose of this article is to raise awareness of Bipolar Disorder.
To mark the first anniversary of his diagnosis, director Eric England (England) has opened up in a lengthy Facebook post about his bipolar disorder (diagnosis). You can read what England posted below:
“At some point in our lives, we all feel different. I’ve personally felt this way for most of mine, and it wasn’t until May 14, 2019 that I found out why: I’m bipolar. Bipolar disorder affects roughly 1-5% of the population, and about 1 out of every 5 people afflicted will commit suicide. I nearly joined that statistic early last year.
Through most of 2018, I was rapid cycling between euphoric mania and bleak depressive episodes. Life was a confusing rollercoaster, and I just wanted off — out of my own head. I’ve known several people, some dear friends, who have taken their own lives, and I never would have imagined I would consider doing the same.
After each traumatic mental breakdown in my life, I would punish myself for being “too weak” and march on with gritted teeth, hoping they would appear as a smile on my face. Despite regular therapy, thoughts of suicide lingered like shadows on the wall and consumed me until there was nothing but darkness.
So I made the smartest decision I’ve made in my entire life: I dropped everything and agreed to get psychiatric help at the behest of my loved ones. A big part of the recovery process for me has been researching and educating myself on my condition, as well as the lives of those I admire with bipolar disorder.
Many of these individuals have gone on to lead incredible lives and accomplish amazing feats, inspiring millions, including myself. But sadly, too many have also lost their lives to the effects of their condition.
People with bipolar disorder are often stigmatised as “crazy” or “scary,” and I’ve experienced this first hand. I’ve cut contact with a lot of people I once considered close friends, but it’s been a blessing to identify the truly amazing human beings I have around me now. My days are much brighter, and I’m grateful to be here for them.
I’m posting this not for pity or sympathy, but in hopes that it may help someone in need. Mental illness does not have to be a death sentence. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental-health-related issues — please, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. We would rather listen to your story than attend your funeral.”
In case you’re unaware, England was at the helm of such movies as Josie (2018), Get the Girl (2017), Contracted (2013) and many more.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health-related issues…We strongly urge you to reach out for help. Bipolar-related links can be found below.
- MHA – Mental Health America
- NIMH – National Institue of Mental Health
- IBF – International Bipolar Foundation