The Cure Called Humor

The Cure Called HumorWhen I started writing the book about balancing bipolar disorder in me, I automatically wrote in a humorous fashion. Later, after having written the first chapters of ‘Balancing the Beast. A Bright View of Schizoaffective Disorder ― Bipolar or Manic-Depressive Type’, I got many “messages” telling me that I had chosen the right style of writing. The “messages” came in the form of coincidence:

– While researching books written by mental health consumers, I found out that most of them were written in a serious way. Thus there might be a greater need for humorous books.

– My teacher at the school for emotional intelligence I was attending was thrilled, when I told him that I was working on a book. He asked: “Are there going to be some pictures?” I started thinking about illustrations and we finally hired an illustrator with a good sense of humor. See About me and the free sample of my book in PDF-form.

When I was younger, I didn’t like black humor. I thought it was not appropriate to joke about serious issues. Today, after everything I have been through, including the locked wards of psychiatric clinics, I know precisely, what black humor is for. Let the sayings below explain:
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Every survival kit should include a sense of humor. ~Author Unknown
Humor is… despair refusing to take itself seriously. ~Arland Ussher
Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness. ~Ellie Katz

Source of the upper sayings is here.

After all humor is a cure with no side effects. In addition, it is for free or almost for free, if you find the jokes on the internet. Let me conclude with the epigraph from the beginning of my self help book:

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves
for they shall never cease to be amused.
(Anonymous)

One Response to “ “The Cure Called Humor”

  1. Bindha says:

    I just listened to this podscat and had to rush to my computer to make a comment. I am bi-polar. Drew Dudley’s description of living with bi-polar disorder is the best I have ever heard. It was as if he crawled inside my head, pulled everything out, and explained it to me. I cried and cried. I am going to share this podscat with my friends and family so that they may better understand what I experience. Thank you for the podscat and thank you Mr. Dudley for being so honest about your experiences. For the record, I am fully compliant with my medication and have not been off them for years I still miss the manic me everyday.

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