Many people who have been diagnosed with mental illness find a spiritual dimension in the experience, especially when they have worked their way through and, looking backwards, can connect the dots between what they’ve learned and make some sense from the struggle.
“I can’t be me” disorder.
Sean Blackwell experienced depression, then mania and psychosis. He found that for him orthodox notions of illness and diagnosis did not fit- he experienced it as spiritual, healing and transformative. So, not satisfied with medicine’s explanation he set out on a personal research project to learn about different ways to understand the kind of experience he’d been through and found his own way to make sense, eventually forming his own theory. Sean makes meaning out of the cycle of depresion and mania and psychosis as a struggle between who he was and the person he was to become – between ego and self, conforming to expectations and freedom to be. he calls this I can’t be me disorder. And he talks of how he came to break through to a wider consciousness: more awar, more connected with himself, with others and with his place in the universe.
He documents what he found and his ideas in a series of youtube videos with wonderful visuals and very accessible narration by Sean himself….and it’s presented in short episodes each about ten mins or less. He’s now turned it into a book too.
The real cause of bipolar
Is Bipolar spiritual enlightenment? part 1 ?
Is Bipolar Spiritual Enlightenment? Part 2 ?
- People with bipolar disorder may wait 13 years for diagnosis (guardian.co.uk)
- Bipolar Disorder Has Its Upside, Patients Say (sott.net)
- The bipolar explosion | Darian Leader (guardian.co.uk)
- manic depression (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)