Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ris Low's Bipolar Disorder

So after so much controversy, Ris Low has surrendered her crown. She first made the headlines when she won the Miss Singapore World. After being slammed by netizens over her poor command of English, she was later found to have committed credit card fraud when she was 18.

The reason for her stealing offences was apparently bipolar disorder.

So enough of slamming her already. Let's look into bipolar disorder instead and see how it can affect one's behavior.

Bipolar disorder basically causes shifts in one's mood, energy, thinking and behaviour. It can lead a person to be in a state of mania and then swinging back to depression. These are not your ordinary mood swings and can alternate between the two extremes.

During a manic episode, a person might impulsively quit their job, charge up huge amounts on credit card and feel rested after sleeping for just two hours. During a depression episode, the same person is too tired to get out of bed, self-loathing and may be even suicidal.

The author is a perfectly normal human being who feels that he might be displaying some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

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  1. Very interesting Blog. I am 41 and have bipolar disorder. Before my disability, I was a Certified Financial Planner and registered investment adviser for 19 years.

    I have never stolen. However, I was financially irresponsible even though I have all the training that would otherwise have prevented unsound financial management. It all stems from a very high degree of impulsivity. Bipolars tend to react very quickly to stimuli while others ten to think more about the question before acting.

    Researchers call this "response inhibition". Bipolars have very low response inhibition.

    But stealing credit cards? I think that has something to do with poor values to begin with, and the bipolar disorder just allowed the already-existing low morals to come out big time when she stole credit cards.

    It isn't caused by bipolar, but bipolar could certainly have allowed the impulsivity that allowed her to do what she was always capable of doing in the first place. Stealing that is.

    By the way, how do you intend to create your passive income? I love your goal-setting!

  2. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Yup, like what she said, her lawyer advised her to go see a psychiatrist.

    My passive income is through dividends, online income and stuff. You can read more through the tags Sources of Passive Income.


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