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How Happy Is Too Happy?
I just watched television with a great friend of mine; it was a nice afternoon. The last show we watched was something about E Hollywood True Stories, about Simon Cowell. LOL!! This really put me in a good mood, because I always say it like it is, and it struck me as funny as well as my hero George Carlin. Imagine making a living being "you" and also having fun doing it! That's the American Dream, they say. It put me in such a good mood. Maybe some of us here on hubpages will be super successful one day!!
But you know, it's not all about success. It's about using your God given talents. And that is what I believe makes one truly happy and to be greatful to God. You see, if I didn't believe in God, who gave me all the skills or abilities I have, boy, would I have a big head. Well it can get big though, if you're not careful, anyone's could. So maybe it's good I have some really logical friends to keep me on track!
There seem to be labels today for every little thing, and God forbid you be a 'pain in the ass'. I mean back in the 1950's people were being lobotomized for being irritable. Golly.
Today there are so many medications and it's tough when people are not informed about the dangers, and that maybe it's better to 'tough it out' until you learn the coping skills to get through life. You make mistakes and learn from them, hopefully.
It's sad that for depressed people it can be rare they feel really happy or have a good day. Some have the trouble of mania, which I personally really don't know about. I never had a manic episode where I felt euphoric or on top of the world to a degree of fantasy. No. And yet, one could go into a doctor's office and maybe for example that person lost of loved one and are depressed and are given an antidepressant. But it should be only temporary, I think in that case if you need it for awhile- if you do. But the danger is that sometimes people are told they need medication for life. And when you think about it, medication can beget medication, as I recently read an article on hubpages about cholesterol medications, for example which can have side effect, (like psychiatric ones do) and eventually some end up on 14 medications. How is a depressed person to know the difference or what to do? They are so busy trying not to be depressed and it snowballs sometimes into a lifelong illness which really could be a 'tough year'.
I was on lithium for twenty years. I don't know why but I was put on it at such a young age, that how would I know? I was told I needed it and I had bipolar and that it was to keep me stable and that was it. So I obediently submitted and here I am twenty years later, off of lithium for 7 months now just by chance that it wasn't working out, of which you can read of in my other hubs. I was so irritable for so many years and it was something I couldn't help. After 7 months, I'm not anymore and I know now it was the medicine that made me irritable.
Wow. So, I'm slowly piecing my life back together. I'm only one three medicines and it's made a huge difference to be off lithium and the other pill for side effects, Nadolol, which was to keep my hands from shaking from the Lithium.
Well. It's okay to be happy as long as it doesn't lead to manic episodes but I've never had one. So I don't think I need to worry about that but I am obviously being cautious about my prescriptions and my doctor's advice. One day at a time.
People I've seen talk about their fear of being too happy which they feel could lead to another manic episode. I'm not sure but I know Robin Williams made a successful career out of being 'energetic' and many others like Jim Carrey who are said to be bipolar.
What's my point? I don't know. I just think we all deserve to be happy and that should be our goal, and no matter how long it takes, or how much trial and error, we should get there.
Being on hubpages, I've gotten a lot of advice about anything and everything pertaining to health and any topic you can imagine. Thanks hubpages.....