porkchop smith <porkcho-@...
Dear Mr. Porkchop,
I don't know about your disorder but in the case of TR and Churchill, I
would call it a gift--exceptional enery and extraordinary intelligence.
It's a sad day when such a thing is considered a disease. Churchill
did suffer off and on from "the black dog" --as he called his
reappearance of a dispairing mood. He had reason to shift into
despair-his burdens and responsibilities were monstrous. He managed it
with creative activity. He kept busy and varied his
activities--writing, painting, building brick walls, time with his
family and of course politics--rather than the usual "rest and
relaxation" of non-activity.
> I studied T.R. because I have bipolar disorder (a mood disorder) and
> read that he did also. One writer (a doctor) made up a diagnosis for
> him called bipolar 2 B. The B stands for benevolent, which means that
> he used his high energy and creativity for the good of others.
> The writer also said Churchill had the same "benevolent" form of the
> What I learned by studying TR was that he was willing to sacrifice
> himself and even die for the American people. The good of the
> people drove all of his decisions. His spirit of self sacrifice is
> kept his bipolar disorder under control. So did the loving support of
> his sisters, his wife and his children. There is nothing
> "benevolent"about bipolar disorder expect that it did provide TR with
> his high energy and his incessant talking. He only talked about
> subjects of interest to his listeners, something which is extremely
> in bipolar people. He was driven not by his disease, but by a higher
> purpose which was to serve his fellow man. He is such a good example
> anyone with an illness. Only spiritual growth could help keep the
> disorder under control in those days. Nowadays you must take
> to control it.