Shocking Murders, Killings and Bipolar Disorder
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How's it going?
Hope you had a good weekend.
The other day I sent you a daily
bipolar email titled "The Killer and Bipolar
Disorder." If you missed it, you can read
my blog below to see it.
I got a whole lot feedback from people
who were writing me and saying things
-Dave, people with bipolar disorder can
-How do you know if your loved one is
capable of being a killer
-How do I know if I could do something
-What should you do if your loved one
is violent towards you.
and other questions like this.
I was kind of surprised about the
questions. I wasn't expecting it.
I was expecting more comments about
the person who had actually killed
Anyway, I have some things to say
about the questions that I received.
But, first let me say before I respond
I am NOT a doctor, therapist, or lawyer.
I am NOT offering medical or legal advice.
With that said, I have opinions. At any
one time, I have up to 11 people who
work for me that have bipolar disorder.
And I just hired another person. I have
over 170,000 people who have signed
up to my newsletters. Also, as
you know, my mom has bipolar disorder.
I have lots of friends with bipolar and
I studied bipolar disorder very closely as
you can probably tell.
So I feel like I know bipolar disorder
With that said, here's what I have found
in 99% of the violent cases with bipolar disorder
that I have studied.
Actually before I tell you, what do you think
is at the core of violence and bipolar disorder?
Take a guess and scroll down for what I think.
NO CHEATING :)
Guess first then scroll down....
It's a lack of treatment and in most cases
the person stopped taking their medication.
This is what I have seen time and time again
that leads to the bipolar disorder horror stories
that involve killings, murder, violence and "crazy
If you check out my bipolar news and read the
"back story" of people who have done these
really bad things you always seen to find
it's people who get off their medication.
There are lessons to be learned from
these horror stories
If you have bipolar disorder:
-Stay on your medication
-Work with your doctor and therapist
-If you feel homicidal or suicidal
call your doctor or a qualified
doctor IMMEDIATELY. Or go to the hospital.
Do NOT wait.
If you are supporting a loved one with
-Work with him/her to get them on the right
medication and help them stay on it.
-Call the people if the person is homicidal
or suicidal. Many times, supporters do
nothing and tell no one when they know
the person is out of control.
NOTE-I remember this one time. There was a person
who was off medication. Many people in
his neighborhood called me and asked me to
do something. It was odd. I never had so many
people in one area contacting me about someone.
I told them they need to call the
police, his doctor, and inform the authorities. I
warned them to treat threats seriously, stay away
and be careful.
Then some how the guy started calling me. He threatened
to kill me unless I returned his calls and met with
him. He warned me he was going to fly out to "get me."
He called over and over again. His messages were really
strange and threatening. He made one person in customer
service very worried she quit.
It sad, she was new and a fill in. I think she believes
people with bipolar disorder are mean. Her first experience
was such a bad one. She never even got to meet other people
who are NOT like this.
Anyway, I started to worry myself. I called my attorney.
He gave me instructions. I then called my police.
After several weeks of tons of phone calls and long
rambling threats, he stopped calling.
Word was, eventually someone convinced him to go to the
hospital where he was put on medication to calm
him down. I was happy.
He seemed like the kind of guy that could create
a whole lot of problems and do something really
According to what his "friend" told me was that
he was "big", "drinking", not medicated and
"majorly bipolar." BUT I was told he was
the nicest person ever when on medication.
Anyway, it's a good thing nothing bad happen.
There was another lady that threaten to kill
me as well. About 2.5 years ago. She actually
did hurt someone where she lived. She went to
jail as well. She actually got out recently
and sent me an email saying "sorry" and she
said she accepted her bipolar disorder and never
would stop taking her medication again. It was
odd. I don't even know how she remembered what
she said to me.
Her bipolar supporter wound up leaving her
and letting her fend for herself and never
let anyone know she was a danger to herself
The bottom line is bipolar supporters have to take
action if they see something.
It's a tough thing to do but it has to be done.
If you are reading this and you don't have
bipolar disorder, think about this. Imagine you
were in a major bipolar episode. Imagine that you
were going to do something to someone or yourself.
You would want someone to do something to stop
Now if you have bipolar disorder you should
want your bipolar supporters to step in. You
should NEVER get mad at supporters for stepping
The worst thing that can happen is no one steps
in, you do something really, really bad and
go to jail for a really long time or forever.
Now, I know someone are reading this that are bipolar
supporters and saying, "Dave, it's easy to say
to get someone help but many times they don't want
You are right and that's why I give as many tips
as possible how to get around this.
In my courses/systems below I talk about
this in depth.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
BUT let me warn you. There is no magic simple
answer. I have 25 ways to get someone into treatment
that thinks they are fine. I have an entire
process of which things I think you should
try first. It's not easy BUT it's possible.
Anyway, I hope this email gave you a little
insight into murder, killings and bipolar disorder.
These are just my opinions. I am often
asked how I feel about getting death
threats from people who are unstable and
really ill. Well it's not a good feeling
There have been times where I have a big
consulting job to do and I get a call from
someone who works for me warning me that
someone has made serious and seemingly
credible threats against me. That certainly
doesn't get you "in the mood" to do business
But again, in all these cases, I have yet to see
a case who has a good doctor/therapist, goes
regularly, takes his/her medication and follows his/her
bipolar stability equation, and does something
If you have any stories of violence, please
post them. Some don't even believe this is possible.
There are many people with bipolar disorder that
I know that don't really take their medication
and don't believe they could ever commit a
really bad act.
Others don't realize it is. Let's warn people
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