This Rhyme Upsets the Rhymer – Understanding Bipolar Disorder

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This Rhyme Upsets the Rhymer – Understanding Bipolar Disorder



Robin Williams was bipolar. Bipolars oscillate from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). One can give you great creative power (mania), the other can kill (depression). Robin Williams displayed the typical symptoms of mania – rapid speech, racing thoughts.(see youtube clip)  He suicided in a cycle of bipolar depression. Other bipolars include – Stephen Fry, Spike Milligan, Virginia Woolf (suicided0, Ernest Hemingway (suicided), Vincent Van Gough, Mariah Carey, Brian Wilson, Winston Churchill, Jimi Hendrix, Sinead O'Connor, Vivien Leigh


This rhyme upsets the rhymer

Why, you ask, is that?

Robin Williams, so depressed

Killed himself for that


His fake smile made us think

That everything was fine

Until he suicided

Nothing right this time


This rhyme upsets the rhymer

(You know the reason here)

I'll try next time for humour

And not like this, for tear


Don Matthews March 2019


All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you are” (Robin Williams, bipolar, suicided)

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Don Matthews

Sat 16th Mar 2019 01:16


Medications stop full-blown mania but I'm times 10 on the emotion scale. I therefore 'feel' more intensely. Empathise more intensely. Get 'angry' more intensely. Get emotional more intensely.

I'm comfortable with this.


<Deleted User> (19913)

Fri 15th Mar 2019 23:28

Wonderful Don... your candor about mania is a story that needs to be heard. It reminds me of a perspective I heard the other day on those who have experienced trauma... As much as the effects can be terrible if not managed, it often leaves those who have experienced trauma in a position of strength to greater empathise deeply, with others. Robin Williams is a big loss to the world....

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Don Matthews

Fri 15th Mar 2019 22:47

Although diagnosed 'bipolar' I for some strange reason don't suffer 'depression' unless feeling regret at saying some of the things I say can be classed as 'depression'?. I put the question to professionals but get no satisfactory answers. My demon is mania. Medications help control it (sort of). Would I want it eliminated? Never! It gives me the drive to create. 'Controlled mania' is one of my best friends. Don't wanna be a zombie ?

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 15th Mar 2019 15:01

It is beyond most of us - those who know of no more than the buzz of
happiness and the blues-y feeling of a passing "low" in our moods -
to imagine how to accommodate the extremes that are described
by - and in - those affected by the bi-polar syndrome. It appears to
offer great satisfaction in its "ups" but nature exacts the price in
its "downs". If Churchill was a sufferer it had no effect on his ability
to live long and take his rewards in other ways, personal and professional. It is to be hoped that others who see themselves as
affected by it should take comfort and help to allow them to get by
with as little of the "down" effect as possible while giving the world the benefit of the "up" whenever possible. Or, as the saying goes:
hang in there!

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Mae Foreman

Fri 15th Mar 2019 13:55

Having read your latest poems and the conversations that they triggered about mental health issues and after reading your bio, I have one thing to say to you. Congratulations! I admire you for writing all that is in you with pride and passion and freedom. Not everybody has the guts to be all of themselves and speak up and be proud of their struggles while trying to raise awareness with the tact and grace that you do it. People have to know that it is possible for a bipolar person to live a normal life, with medical treatment, therapy and hard work; they can even be happy! While suffering!
Thank you for reminding us that?

P.S. I can hear the sound in the video he's definitely a bit manic in this one.

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keith jeffries

Fri 15th Mar 2019 13:41

Got excellent sound Don

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Don Matthews

Fri 15th Mar 2019 13:37

I am not getting any sound on the video clip? Anyone else having the same problem?

<Deleted User> (21487)

Fri 15th Mar 2019 08:23

I have just read Kieth's comment and I agree with him,
but would like to add another thought,
by talking/writting about bi polar you are giving comfort to others with the same/similar conditions who may be suffering inside but feel that they must hide it.

I could'nt access the video I will try again later

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keith jeffries

Fri 15th Mar 2019 08:06


Thank you for this, especially the video clip. Have you seen the film Club Paradise starring Robin Williams and Peter O Toole? A masterpiece. There seems to me evidence which supports the idea that those who are bi polar and others with different conditions tend to have higher intellects than are usually found. Some of the most eloquent, funny and engaging of people seem to come in disproportionate numbers from such categories. Robin Williams, Winston Churchill and Stephen Fry immediately come to mind.

Please consider writing more openly as you are gifted in this respect and others whose understanding of such conditions need to be made more aware of what life is like for those who struggle with issues such as bi polar and other similar conditions which can be socially isolating.

Thank you for this.


<Deleted User> (21487)

Fri 15th Mar 2019 07:50

this is the Don behind the giggles,
it is good to release your 'self' every now and again or no one will know who you really are.
Thank you

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