From the Dark Side

Jan 5th, 2017

“You can lead a normal life…”

said the late Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.


Fisher, who recently died of a heart attack, talked about her battle with bipolar disorder openly since her diagnosis in 1985.  Many credit her with breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and inspiring the confidence of thousands to reach out and get help. 

“We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges. Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic…” said Fisher, as she shared her perspective on what it took to get help, even when she didn’t want to.

“Initially I didn’t like the groups. I felt like I had been banished to sit with a group of other misfits like myself to sit still for an hour. But then someone said, You don’t have to like these meetings, you just have to go, go until you like them.’  That took me by surprise. I didn’t have to like something I did? Wow, what a concept. I thought I had to like everything – so I would wait to be OK with something, and if I didn’t get there, it was permission to give up. But what if I didn’t have to like it – if I just had to effectively put my head down and move through some uncomfortable feelings till I got to the other side – what a notion! My comfort wasn’t the most important thing – my getting through to the other side of difficult feelings was. However long it might seem to take and however unfair it might seem, it was my job to do it.”

How do we as professional caregivers inspire our patients who are suffering from mental illness?  How do we instill the courage to persist even when it’s difficult, when it’s uncomfortable, or when confidence lacks?

Every year, Oceans takes care of more than 10,000 individuals suffering from behavioral health disorders like bipolar, suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety, schizophrenia or behavioral disturbances related to Dementia.

For more information about how we can support you with patients suffering from bipolar signs and symptoms, or any other mental illness, call us

Oceans can help.



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