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How Max Changed My Life
10/23/09 at 02:21 PM by punk89
There was a time when I was at school and very confused. I was in a lot of mental pain, doubting a god, and learning to self-medicate. I don't bring this up as much as I used to, but I have bipolar disorder. I knew that the singer of Say Anything (Max Bemis) was as well, so after seeing them perform I started to talk to him, and the subject came up. He took me aside and asked me what my story was. We talked for about a half hour, as he smoked his cigarettes back to back. We discussed meds, drugs, women, heartbreak, religion, politics, etc. At one point a bum came up to us, an Iraqi veteran who was mentally disabled after being hit by shrapnel in the brain, and Max gave him 5 dollars. Eventually I asked Max how he lives with his disorder, because I was so lost in it. He was the first person to give me any real advice that sent me in a positive direction. He told me to embrace my pain. To not see it as foreign and malignant. He told me to accept it as part of me, and eventually learn to appreciate it. One of his lyrics says, "This pain is mine, it has become my friend with time." I thought on what he told me a lot, and that is when I finally started to accept who I was and work on getting through my issues. So, in these videos, (it's like 7 minutes total,) Max tells his story. He talks about his bipolar and speaking out about it. He helped inspire me, and hopefully you can learn a bit more about what people with bipolar go through.

Part One : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP5RHfaC1Eg

Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlJl-8abvQU

Part Three : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRoSc8P3kPg

Part Four : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJKjzdnLMh8

Part Five : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdHlnnp57H0
Tags: Max Bemis, Say Anything, Bipolar, Anxiety
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