Laughter and Bipolar Disorder
To me, Bipolar Disorder is a serious disease that is taken too seriously.
I love to laugh. I mean really love to laugh. What makes me laugh? I like slapstick, dark humor, children’s jokes, knock-knock jokes, dirty jokes, puns and more. You know what else I love to laugh at? Jokes about bipolar disorder, depression and mental illness in general? Basically jokes about me.
Do I really like jokes about mental illness? Of course I do and maybe you should too. For most of us, it’s something that we’ll have to deal with for the rest of our lives. You could be angered, you could be offended, and you could even feel “less than.” I understand, I sometimes I feel the same way, but I choose to laugh about it as much as I am able. Some of the “crazy” jokes out there are hysterical. A July 23, 2013 Mayo Clinic article says,
Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.
When Nothing Seems That Funny
Let’s talk about when you are in a deep, dark depressive state. That may not be a good time to look at mental health humor. That’s okay, because laughter can come in other ways that are beneficial,
Whether you’re guiltily guffawing at an episode of “South Park” or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.
Find a few simple items, such as photos or comic strips that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies or comedy albums on hand for when you need an added humor boost.
The Mayo Clinic’s article, as well as other articles I found in Psychology Today and BPHope, give a run down on all the physical and mental benefits of laughter, but you don’t need to read all that. You already know laughter feels good, so to hell with the technical benefits – just do it.
What about you? Do you find jokes about mental health funny, or are they taboo?
Source: Mayo Clinic