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A sense of humour is really important. Tuesday March 4, 2014

Being a sufferer for many years, it's only recently that I have joined a community of like minded people.

Although there will always be prejudices and misunderstandings of mental health conditions, I feel I have spent too much time worrying about that particular group of people instead of celebrating the people in my life that do understand.

I have a very good friend who takes a very lighthearted and irreverent approach to my condition that could be misconstrued as him not understanding or sympathising, when in fact, it has the opposite effect on me and he is one of the people I can actually tell how I'm truly feeling.

So humour through really tough times is important to me and can be empowering! The rubbish joke that goes "When I found out I had Bipolar, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry" is funny (slightly), but also reminds me that a sense of humour is really important and helps me feel more in control and is something you can share with your friends and family.

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Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 7:18am

You're absolutely right Damien, and thanks for your post.

I saw a chameleon today; it wasn't a very good chameleon...

The Entertrainer Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 7:47am

I think there may be a few jokes today, thanks to Damien and Anonymous!
As for the Bipolar dilemma, personally, I cried laughing...

Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 8:23am

Now look what you've started Damian, I was in two minds whether to bother commenting. But you're right, what one doesn't want is cloying sympathy, what one needs is robust understanding, from someone that does care, a sort of tough love, a parental "get up off the ground, it didn't hurt, come on let's see what so-n-so's up to" - diversionary tactics to jolt one out of the cyclical destructive minds whizzing. Almost non-pc, but practical. Incidentally, does anyone read Melanie Read in the Saturday Times supplement? Rendered tetraplegic falling off her horse, required reading to remind oneself how well off one is.

Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 8:49am

Spot on!
My grandmother once had to deliver the following lines in public:
'When you feel down in the dumps
Because the world seems full of lumps,
Don't give way and have the grumps,
Have a laugh!'
The problem was that she became overcome by helpless giggles and so, gradually did the entire audience, until everyone was in a state of collapse.
She hardly finished the lines but she got the biggest ovation of the night.

Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 10:10am

Apparently those who laugh more live longer, so that's always been my incentive.

Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 12:58pm

I have CDO...Which is the same as OCD, but spelled correctly, which is how it should be.

Julia Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 2:43pm

Interesting Damien. It's great when blogs completely turn one's thinking on its head. Someone made a joke of my predicament once and it took me aback for an instant until I decided to laugh too (a very unnatural forced laugh on my part). I have often remembered this and my reaction which silently was an upset one. I felt as if I was sounding too melancholy, completely misunderstood but really I had nothing to be so fed up about. I don't see this person very often so not a good friend like yours Damien (what a great friend you have there) and when I do, I never complain about how I feel unless I can blame it on an outside influence like the weather or a physical problem.There are some people like Woody Allen for example who can make me laugh about life and its foibles but I have never thought about the therapy of someone laughing at you. I think finding the right person must be so difficult.But a great unusual blog Damien

PWD Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 5:41pm

Reminds me of the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who used to lay awake at night wondering if there was a dog. Laughter and music two great tonics to lift a persons mood. Great blog today


The Entertrainer Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 10:14pm

OMG.... I've had a crap day, but Paul, I have to say, I am crying laughing at that one... brilliant!

Anonymous Tue, Mar 4th 2014 @ 10:33pm

Me too. Thanks Paul, and Damian for the post.

anderesprache Wed, Mar 5th 2014 @ 1:04pm

My kids use to call me Miss Bean according to all the things happening to me and remembering them on Mr. Bean. Before I had my kids I used to hate myself for my two left hands. Now I often think I am blessed as I make them laugh every day! By the way I am Bipolar and excusing my English I am German and following Moodscope from Germany.

Anonymous Wed, Mar 5th 2014 @ 3:58pm

Your English is very good. I wish you all the best.

Caroline Ashcroft Wed, Mar 5th 2014 @ 5:46pm

Your English is very good. It's lovely to hear from a Moodscoper in Germany.

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