Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 2012 #HAWMC

I loved doing last year's #HAWMC (Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge) and when I saw that there would be another one I decided to go for it again. Last year I learned a lot about myself and others in the Health Community by doing this and I am hoping for the same this year.

Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?
Dear people of 2112,
When you open this time capsule 100 years will have passes as I am writing you from the year 2012. I know that I cannot even come close to knowing what your time is like but I am hoping that by opening this tiny time capsule you will get a small glimpse into what life in 2012 with bipolar disorder is like. My hope is that the images found in here will be completely alien to you, just like I would feel lost in your time. In my time bipolar disorder has no cure though symptoms can be treated. However, that usually involves repeated periods of med trials to see what works as there is no universal treatment and there are times when one med will stop being effective, as well as talk therapy. In my time there is a lot of stigma attached to bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. I have hope though that in your time (and hopefully well before your time) humanity will have made headway in that regard and there will be no, or at the very least less, stigma surrounding this and other issues.

Sincerely yours,

Picture Legend: Theater Masks to demonstrate to sides of Bipolar Disorder/Pills/Wastebasket with Money to demonstrate a symptom of bipolar aka lack of self-control in spending, grand ideas Etc./Tazmanian Devil to show Mania/Depression/#mhsm tweetchat

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