Be brutally honest...is this a great outline about a teen with bipolar disorder (mental illness story)?

First Turning Point: He gets bullied in middle school

New situation: He becomes quiet, withdrawn, depressed. Mom is concerned. Tries to pray and encourages him to go to church.

Change of plans: His bizzare behavior has not changed. Mom takes him to counseling.

Progress: He's prescribed meds. He takes them and his behavior has improved but he had negative side effects that affected his creativity for drawing.

The point of no return: He chose to self medicate by smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol.

Complications/ Higher Stakes: He begins to eat a lot to self medicate. He gains weight. He also does harder drugs. His behavior worsen. He gets in trouble with the law. He smacks his girlfriend. He loses his friends. He has suicidal outbursts. He tries to fight inner demons on his own. He upsets family.

The major setback: He's placed in a mental ward

The final push: He's forced to take meds that dont work..make him feel sick. He fights against it. He wants a cigarette.

He also meets a nurse whos understanding and befriend another patient

The Climax: He gets on top of mental ward building, ready to jump off. The nurses and orderlies grab him as he lean forward.

The Aftermath: He's consoled and is given new meds that work. He agrees to take those meds daily. He becomes spiritual, prays and read the bible.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Best Answer

    To be brutally honest it full of stereotypical misunderstandings of mental illness.  

    But as always ideas are a dime a dozen, what matters is execution.  So if it inspires you - start writing

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, it isn't. I can' remember when you first started to ask questions about writing a book about a teenager with mental illness, but I can't help thinking that if you really had any intention of writing anything you would have done it by now.

  • if you believe in it, then go for it.

  • 1 month ago

    What you’re describing doesn’t sound like the up and down cycle of bipolar. Read some first-hand accounts.

    (While pot and alcohol can worsen depression, as another reply said, they actually do make sense as a stabilizer for the mood swings of bipolar, especially for rapid cyclers. Always feeling a little down is a pretty good trade for never knowing which emotion will take over next.)

    And you can’t just sling the Bible in there as a medical treatment. You could present it as a supportive treatment, show how religion is very important to this character, his medical condition separates him from his support system of faith and his church community, returning to those things helps him cope with the condition.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You always ask for brutal honesty, but then pick the answer where the person tells you exactly what you want to hear. All of these ideas are garbage. They're boring, and you aren't going to actually do anything with them anyway. So either pick one of these retarded premises and write a half-arsed story that nobody will read or piss off and quit pestering everybody with this codswallop every other fecking day.

  • 1 month ago

    if only he read the Bible and prayed from the very beginning.

    • Marli
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Faith in God. The Bible or any religious book is just another book of myths unless you have faith that God heard your prayers and will guide you through the trials.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Well considering marijuana makes anxiety and depression a lot worse, it’s unlikely that he would touch it. Same for drinking, as alcohol causes and worsens depression and other existing mental disorders. 

    There’s no magic pill, believe me.. unfortunately I know. You’ll never be normal again once you’ve got depression or GAD. I’ve been on a Venlafaxine for 4 years now. 

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