This just came to my attention.
A sad and rather familiar story along with the reaction of the grieving widow. Lock up more loonies! It’s an understandable response in the circumstances if an over-simplified one.
In actual fact it often seems to take the added ‘fuel’ of alcohol or substance misuse to bring about the 11% of all homicides committed by mentally ill people in the UK.
I took an interest in the short extract from ‘All in the Mind’, where a psychiatrist describes the experience of psychosis for most people.
It’s almost unrecognisable as a description of psychosis as I experience it in mania, and for that I am nothing but glad and grateful.
He says people with psychosis are predominantly fearful, withdrawn and depressed.
I am the exact opposite of all three!
Mania makes me happy, it’s a blast! I’m WAY more gregarious, way more outgoing and active at those times. I also fancy myself something of an entertainer, singing, dancing and cracking jokes. Appallingly enough, people tend to laugh along and applaud, which of course just encourages the behaviour.
It may sound like I love my mania too much and part of me undoubtedly does. But the errors of judgment, the delusional thoughts of being a millionnaire and giving away money to all-comers, sexual indiscretion and downright risk-taking…of course I don’t miss that, nor the hellish severe depression haunted by guilt and deep regret which inevitably follows every ‘high’.