Woman Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder Says, ‘I Can Get Myself Into Big Trouble’ When Off Medicati…


My mother has claimed to be bipolar all her life. People don’t understand bipolar. You have your highs, you have your lows, you have your manics. Remember, I go off and spend a lot of money. I come back home feeling bad, put it in the closet, not telling my husband about that. Sometime, I take your debit card, and I go and get what I need because I don’t have the money to get it. But I’m scared to tell you I did it. But I’m not stealing, I’m not stealing. I guess I am stealing. It’s part of bipolar, so I’m telling you now. Several times, she has used her mental illness to excuse her behavior. Bipolar is no joke. When I’m off my medicine, I’m promiscuous, and I go into things where I can get myself in big trouble. And after I do it, I feel so bad, and I look at you, and I say, it’s not sexual, right? That’s part of that bipolar, too. There is a big difference between being mentally ill and being evil. My mother is just plain evil. Nobody understands me. Well, Kevin is joining us in the audience. Kevin, thank you for being here. I appreciate it. You believe that your wife has a mental illness. I know she does. You believe she has. I’ve been to the psychiatrist many times. They’ve explained bipolar to me. I know I’ve been with my wife 36 years. I know it inside, I know her inside out. I know all of ’em inside out. And all of my children need help. I’ll explain it all to you when I get a chance to. So when you say that she has bipolar, do you think that explains the behaviors that she has done over the years? It explains it, but it’s not a free pass. But you learn to cope with it. You learn how bipolar works. Bipolar is, they say that my wife is a monster. No, bipolar disorder is a monster. And I’ve managed to go through 36 years with this women, putting up a wall the things that she’s done. My sons and daughters are not gonna decide for me what I’m gonna do. I choose to stand in there for my wife. I understand the illness. I’ve gone to the psychiatrist. I’ve gone through all of the, and they’ve explained to me how it works on the brain. Let me ask you something. I hear what he’s saying, and I heard you in the tape saying, “When I’m off my medication, I’m promiscuous “and I do crazy”–
I’m off the chain. Then why do you get off your medication? No, ’cause I had no money. We had no money. Me and my husband, we had no money. I was–
Oh, no, no, no, no, no.
Honestly, I went to see Dr. Promi, Dr. Phil.
Phil. Dr. Phil. (audience laughing) Dr. Phil, I’m not lying to you ’cause I’m an open book. I’m not lying to you. What happened was that I was 17 when I was diagnosed with bipolar manic depressive and other things, okay? 17, I was taking my medicine and everything. I met my husband, we moved away in the service. We got a little bit of help there. On and off different medication, Dr. Phil. Sometimes, we couldn’t pay for that stuff. And y’all, nobody understands what bipolar will do to you when you’re off your medication. You got your–
Hey, hey, talk to me. You’re not, this is not an election. You got. I do understand bipolar.
I know you do. I know you do.
I do understand bipolar. And I understand that it is a mental illness. It is not an excuse. It is not a dodge. I don’t–
It is not a way for you to explain behavior that you go out and do so you don’t have to be held accountable for it. That is an insult to people that have bipolar disorder because people with bipolar disorder–
No. No, no. No, listen to me. No. No, listen to me. Not that part.
No, you need to listen to me. You’re not gonna insult the entire bipolar population of the United States because these are people that are productive, they’ve parents, the live lives, they hold jobs, and they don’t do the things you’re doing. And that medication is available.