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  •  it's perfectly possible this woman is not (0+ / 0-)

    mentally ill. we really don't know enough about her, and hopefully never will as it's her private issue. but I can say from personal experience that kovie is right on several points.

    Depending on the mental illness, very rarely does that person themselves recognize that they need treatment or have a problem. One, you think what you're experiencing is "normal", and two, sometimes symptoms of the mental illness episode are accompanied by feelings of euphoria and invincibility.

    I'm bipolar. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 29 after an extreme manic episode. I believed I was an Angel, my parents were trying to murder me, and that I was about to replace Biden as Vice President among many delusions. It wasn't until I was in the mental hospital and on medication for several weeks that I finally realized these things I was absolutely convinced were true, were indeed just delusions.

    Despite how crazy I was at the time, I was not involuntarily admitted because I wasn't a physical threat to myself or others (at least at that point). The only reason I was admitted was because, feeling invincible, I just signed the papers admitting myself not really realizing what I was doing....if I had, I probably wouldn't have.

    So again, yes, we don't really know enough from this one episode whether she actually suffers from a biochemical imbalance like bipolar, but to say she is not mentally ill just because she wasn't involuntarily admitted is nonsense.

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