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QUESTION: Why do mental health \'specialists\' have such negative descriptions of us? Bipolar behaviors are not always improper? Why can\'t they see that they are often last ditch reactions to abuse by family and other sick, so-called \'normal\' people? I am bipolar, am compliant with medication, therapy, am sober and clean for 21 years. I had a breakdown in 1992; however, I believe it was a major BREAKTHROUGH. My health began with confronting and eliminating abusive people. My self-esteem is in tact. I do not surrender control of my life to a schizophrenic society\'s view of who I should be. I am sensitive and glad for it. I am compassionate. I\'ve been verbally and physically abused by family and \'friends\' who consistantly manipulate me for their gain. I\'ve been called \"IT\". Prior to treatment, many of my decisions and behavior were actually healthy. My paranoia has many times been with good reason. I have been beaten with fists and and belts by who victimized me, accused, shamed and blamed me for things I never did. \"Normal is a joke!\" I honor my feelings and intuitions, respecting what they tell me. I have created a good life for myself, enjoy being quiet, being responsible. I have one great gift in a trustworthy friend who is also bipolar. We have an extraordinary friendship based on honesty and recovery. My therapists and doctors take time to get to know me. They assure me I am sane and my choices in life are mostly healthy and logical. I have a conscience. They ask questions and LISTEN TO ME. Without this support I would be miserable. I would like to hear your response to my concerns and comments.

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