I don’t like to broadcast it, but I’ve always been willing to admit it when the opportunity arises, but I was diagnosed with severe social anxiety disorder/avoidant personality disorder (same thing, different categories in the DSM 1V) several years ago. But just last week, I was rediagnosed by a new doctor who convincingly argues that the root problem is not social phobia (although it’s there), the root problem is that I have Bipolar, Type 2, which, lucky for me, isn’t the one with all the wacky and rapid mood swings. It just pretty much means I’m manic, my fight or flight instinct is stuck at “On” — as in fight *and* flight. At the same time. I’ll discuss it when the opportunity arises or when I otherwise need to, but in the meantime, let’s just talk pop culture and when pop culture provides me the opportunity to discuss my Bipolar and/or social phobic tendencies, I’ll talk about them with you, but in the context of talking about whatever show or film or comic or book that has piqued my interest and calls for discussion about disorders that, when you got ’em, you can speak with authority on ’em and how they’re discussed in all sorts of media.
Now, enough of that seriousness, let’s get back to the culture we call pop, the biz we call show.