CARRIE FISHER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WIT AND WISDOM IN DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

In addition to her best-known role, Princess Leia, the late, great Carrie Fisher was also very open about her mental health struggles with bipolar disorder. One tool you can keep in your arsenal against mental health issues and addiction is a good sense of wit, which Fisher had in spades.

The site bphope, which is dedicated to bipolar disorder, listed some of Fishers best witty observations about coping with bipolar disorder, and indeed, a good sense of insight and humor can help you and others from suffering:

Fisher once said what baffles her “is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness…In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls.”

Fisher said that being bipolar “can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

“Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic,” Fisher said. “Not I survived living in Mosul during an attack heroic, but an emotional survival. An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder.”

On a funny note, Fisher quipped, “Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill…I’m apparently very good at it.”

One last humorous and insightful quip that Fisher shared is, “I’m a human who’s had her fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences. Over time, I’ve paid attention, taken notes and forgotten easily half of everything I’ve gone through. But I’ll rifle through the half I recall and lay it at your feet.”

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