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Bipolar Singing Blogger Smackdown, Part 2!

For those who missed the first episode of “American Idol” for bipolar bloggers, let me just say that I was prompted to do a singing sequel to “The 12 (Bipolar) Days of Christmas.” Unfortunately (for you) my voice has deteriorated even further. I could barely get through the edits of this, because the noise was so painful, especially as a highly sensitive person. Alas, I HOPE to win the humor competition with this one … To read more Beyond Blue, go to, and to get to Group Beyond Blue, a support group at Beliefnet Community, click here.

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  • Barbara Bowman

    Oh my goodness!!! Words fail me….

  • Therese Borchard

    yikes, barbara, I forgot about your music background. you don’t think any less of me, do you??? t

  • John McManamy

    Rollin’ in the aisles laughing, Therese! This is great!

  • Mary Beth Williams

    Ahahahaha. You’re a hoot.

  • blanche

    Yes, Therese, your singing has gone south, but on the bright side, you’ve made my day laughing out loud and smiling. Thank you !!!

  • Meghan

    This is…..American Idol!
    Therese this is great! Wait till your kids get old enough to surf the web themselves…

  • Barbara Bowman

    T – it would take a lot more than “Favorite Thangs” to make me think less of you. It was quite a song, tho….;-)

  • Therese Borchard

    Phew. Thanks, Barbara! t

  • Your Name

    This gave me such a laugh – which is, of course, great medicine. What made this so funny is I had my sound off when I initially opened it up and I was trying to lip sync while I got the sound back on. By the time the sound was restored I got the very last line of the “song”.
    Hilarity reigns supreme!

  • Lori-Ann

    fantastic! I like your sense of humour.

  • Frank

    You’re through to Hollywood

  • Linda Peabody

    I love you! That you can work with this and make this about the disease and not about you personally is so amazing. I understand how difficult it must be. I’m living with a bipolar husband (and son) and have currently been going through a really rough time. A year on the wrong medicine really took it’s toll. He’s switched to Lamictal now and it’s a God send. With some counseling I think we will work through it. This website and your postings and now this video have helped me through some difficult days myself.

  • Therese Borchard

    Thank you very much, Linda! I appreciate that. You really can make it work with a bipolar spouse. It ain’t pretty at times, as you know, but it is possible :) thanks, t

  • Leeann

    This was wonderful and how true!! I enjoyed and laughed the whole time thanks for the pick me up that I needed and have for the past couple of weeks. I hope family members watch this to see what it is like to have our illness. Thanks again.

  • http://killerwinnyfeefee phyllis dearmond

    That was really good! You have a Great sence of HUMOR!!!! I LOVE what u do, and How you do it!

  • camille

    I recently was sprung from re-hab and finally after 3 diagnosis of bi-polarism have conceded to the idea and am taking seraquol(sp?). What a difference!! I can sleep, think, focus, and have steady energy throughout the day. I haven’t felt this even-keeled in years!! Got my writing flow back during re-hab and was given the task of writing and singing the 12 days of re-hab at the annual Christmas party. It came out pretty good. My voice sucks so I sang Adam Sandler style….I was acutlly proud of myself for the first time in a long time. I feel like I have things to look forward to now….life is good.

  • Walt

    You are a very special person and I am glad to see that you are still making people smile.
    We need more of this in the world today.
    God bless you my friend,

  • Charna

    You have a great sense of humor. It can certainly help deal with all the not-so-positive stuff. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and the comments from everyone.
    The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible to me… I’ve taken a more holistic approach after being virtually minutes from checking myself into a hospital.
    My pharmacologist seemed to be using me as an experiment. I went through more cocktails of multiple drugs when single prescriptions weren’t working. It felt like what ever drug rep was in to visit him with a new product was the newest on the list. I was anxious and suicidal. Sweating to the point that I was wearing a towel around my next all the time, unable to remember where I put my car keys and out on disability from work, I was at the end of my rope. Even he finally told me I needed a second opinion (after suggesting ECT – something I won’t do. I believe he ran out of drug options and I no longer see him.)
    I had started seeing a holistic practitioner who informed me that in Europe, prior to starting any pharmaceuticals for mental health issues, a program of vitamin B(s) were tried first. My practitioner (an RN with a BSN) started detoxing me. I stopped using the newest addition to my pharmaceutical cocktail and was just on the initial drug (Cymbalta – still sweating bullets).
    Now off ALL drugs I’ve changed my diet (no red meat, organic when I can afford it, more water, more vitamins and supplements along with lots of special B vitamins). I’ve been drug free since the end of October 2008, my energy is starting to come back. So is my confidence.
    It isn’t all just about the drugs and diet changes. I’ve got a great counselor who helps me get a better understanding of where I am and where I need to go. There are lots of articles, information, books and doctors who talk about diet, lifestyle changes, broken brains, “Change your Brain, Change your Life”, etc. These can be found on mainstream sites such as “Bottom Line”, newspaper articles and even PBS. Mark Hyman has his book “The Ultramind Solution.”(I just bought it and am starting to read it).
    Please understand I’m not telling people to stop their meds – everyone is different. I just believe that sometimes other underlying issues can tip the scales to make things more challenging.
    Sorry for this long response. Just wanted to share more info and have people look into additional options to the drug company solutions.

  • Solman

    Very cute! I had to smile. :)
    Your courage in sharing this is much appreciated!

  • Cherlyn

    thanks so much for that wonderful testimony – I too had been on so many of the scripts that my history was 3 or 4 pages long – I finally decided enough was enough – especially since I felt worse being on them anyway – so I didn’t see the use – I’m now only 3-4 mgs of klonopin daily which I would like to ease off of – however if you have any more info about the b vitamins (I’ve heard of this before) I’d like to know.
    But I must say that prayer has worked and the determination that I was going to do it the way I believe God was leading me – not anyone else – because this is between me and the Lord.
    Thanks and once again God Bless you always. And Thanks for your work Therese and how you help all of us see things in different and varied ways. God Bless you too

  • Ares

    HILARIOUS! Thanks for the laugh. But seriously, do those contestants really think they can sing? It’s like a psychological disorder. Yours is much better!:)

  • Mikki

    It’s nice to see that you can still smile after everything that you went thru. I have recently come to terms about my condition. Watching that video gave me some newfound hope.

  • limousine hire Newcastle

    hey man i think that was like me i thought i could sing (i still think i can) but i went on londons xfactor this mounth, got through first round but failed the 2nd, oh weel there’s always next year…..

  • Jill

    lmao! Hilarious! Unfortunately I can relate to some of those meds…yuck! :)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nancy Hugo

    I love it Therese! I have been seeing the greatest therapist…today was my last visit…he’s moving away. Thank you for being so honest and funny and real. It makes losing the greatest therapist a little easier to take…and reminds me of your 12 Days of Christmas video. I was so deeply impressed by your honesty and humor and being such a real person. You’re a bright shining light for those of us struggling with mood disorders. Thank you for sharing this.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tutelstar

    Tralala! Fun! :)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nancy

    I DO love that video on “your favorite things”! It made me laugh!! I have many of the exact same favorite things: the Happy Light(same model!) the serenity bracelet (exact same one), the many pills and supplements and many reminders that I’m really ok. I love your postings~~~ one of my favorite things!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laura Lea

    LOL, now that was FUNNY! I’ve always loved that song and now in a new light! You’re brave, beautiful AND funny! ;o)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa Brown

    I think EVERYONE should sing, whether they can or not! This was awesome!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joyce

    Love it, Therese, I really do. If we can’t find any humour in ourselves and our crappy situations, then we’re in deep stuff here. Keep on keepin’ on, please.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment c

    That was a hoot! I loved “…when the dog barfs…”

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