Just got back from the library and picked up John McManamy's 'Living with Depression and Bipolar Disorder.' I have come across McManamy on numerous occassions in my adhoc research. I just started reading it, but I want to use this post for any quotes I find.
McManamy's Closing Address at the 2002 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance,"In the New English Bible translation of the book of Ecclesiates, it says: "In dealing with men it is God's purpose to test them and see what they truly are." It's the only explaination, in my opinion, for why bad things happen to good people. For all the suffering all os us in this room have endured - all the pain, tragedy, humilation, hardship, and loss - and I know we are far better beings as a consequence. We may hate our illness, but we can hardly hate what our illness has made of us."
A blog comment from 'Eric': 'Each day we win, we survive, and thos who have not have had these forces pushing them have no concept of how strong we are, we all are, for winning a war daily againgst things that would immoblise any of them."
(I like this quote - an eloquent FUCK YOU to those who don't get it and think we are weak.)