I Hate Online Bipolar Misinformation and Misrepresentation

Sometimes people ask me where they should go for an online support group. Sometimes people ask me what other blogs I read. These are reasonable questions, unfortunately, my answer is: I would know, I don’t go there. I find many online haunts full of misinformation and misrepresentation. And I hate misinformation and misrepresentation.

Bipolar Support Groups

I have no problem with bipolar online support groups. Many people find them very useful and I would never try to dissuade someone from seeking one out. People need to connect with others like them, and that is one way to to connect with others with a mental illness.[push]Online support groups are rife with misinformation and misrepresentation. No matter how well-meaning the participants.[/push]

That said, I don’t like the places much. I find online support groups full of whiny people offering misguided and often untrue layperson information. I have no doubt that there are groups online that are not like that, but in my limited experience, they are.

Bipolar Blogs

As for other blogs, I am sure there are many good ones. I have occasionally mentioned a few on the bipolar burble blog. But I don’t read them, generally. It comes down to writing quality, quality medical information and time. Quality writing is hard to find, trustworthy medical information can be tough, and of course, like most people, I don’t have a lot of time. I tend to digest medical information from journals and the occasional feature news story. They’re just more useful to me. Everyone’s biases are upfront.

I Hate Bipolar Misinformation and Misrepresentation

All that being said, I must admit, I did something stupid. I’m on a Twitter feed and last night I clicked on one of their articles. And the blog article was crap. Misinformation and misrepresentation of information.[pull]I feel like I have to fight the good fight on every front. When I see misinformation and misrepresentation, I feel the need to interject. I wish to bring rationale and logic forward. But this is the internet. It wasn’t built for such things.[/pull]

I hate misinformation and misrepresentation. Like, a lot. People who do that make me want to smack them with a journalism degree.

And the thing is, I find it really difficult to stay quiet when I see misinformation and misrepresentation. I just want to slap double-blind placebo-controlled studies all over their ass. And admittedly, that is still unconvincing to many. People still think there’s a big pharmacology conspiracy at work. I can’t help those nuts, but I feel this gritty duty to write about the wrongs anyway. I want to just say so when people are lying. They’re lying, damnit!

Bipolar Misinformation and Misrepresentation Snips

And OK, as the author said, I got snippy.

I did, I admit it. I’m not perfect. I should have just made a couple of empirical points and walked away understanding that this is a very different audience than mine and that audience is likely to attack me.  I’ve been on the internet forever, I know you can’t say anything controversial in a comment without a flame-war ensuing. I know this. And yet I allowed myself to be bated. Bad writer, bad. There are much better ways to express my thoughts than that.

Le sigh.

Now, in the author’s defense, he did change the blatant inaccuracies, which I do appreciate.

So, if you’d like to have a look, tell me I’m wrong, or snitty, or perhaps lend a comment in support, go right ahead.

Good Quality Crazy Blogs

And just in case you were wondering, some blogs by crazy people that I do like are:

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About Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.

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