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Bird is the Word: Elon Musk, Twitter and Bipolar Disorder

Public Pariah: It’s kind of crazy that the first person to lose the most amount of money in history, between $180 billion and $200 billion to be exact, is still the second richest person in the world. While you may know about his status as a 1 percenter, he also shares lesser known status with another 1% of the world. Ladies and gentlefolk, Elon Musk is a self-professed manic depressive.

Info-Graphic: Twitter mental health advocacy by mental health professionals.

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Brain Fog

Elon Musk thought he could, and because he thought he could, what did he do? Like many of us, he posted about it, multiple times on his 44 billion dollar toy. Elon Musk purchased Twitter with intentions of making it an “everything app.” Instead it became his closest confidant, revealing his most intimate thoughts to everything (AI are you listening) and everyone. One may say that, in result, it ironically became his everything.

Becoming the king of hot takes and still selling cars like hot cakes (hey that rhymes). His rep on twitter became notorious for patterns of behavior synonymous with mania. Unlike The Little Engine That Could, who also thought he could, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” Musk’s thoughts are literally worth billions. As of late however, those thoughts, voiced on twitter have costed him more billions than earned. In fact those thoughts have cost him a subtraction of over 180 billion dollars of pure profit. This is the largest loss of net worth from one person in history.

To make his mental struggles even more obvious, in a prior twitter thread he claimed to be bipolar without an official diagnosis. Through the medium he has lashed out against critics who question the use of his platform. Some claim his tweets to be spurred by mania. In another related tweet he also highlighted his troubles “The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don’t think people want to hear about the last two.”

For Elon, Twitter has become the hot spot for his inner billionaire. We all know how cool a billion dollars sounds, so here’s my hot take. Maybe it really is worth it. Unfortunately I don’t have an inner billionaire to confirm it. Therefore, Elon if you say the bird is the word I most certainly would have to agree.




This infographic takes into account tweets by psychiatrists or HCP’s (health care professionals) in both the United States and United Kingdom over the duration of January 2018 to March 2019. Altogether this amounted into about 92,000 tweets. Considering on average that on any given day there are about 20 million tweets, something is not clicking here. On the other hand with a total of 1319 psychiatrists, this does certainly mean the attempts of advocacy from each person are far reaching and extensive in quantity. Although the volume of content from the United States pales in comparison to the United Kingdom, the HCP factors in a total of 639 HCP’s from the United States and 680 in the United Kingdom..

Military Mental

General Gregg Martin with a 36 year career in military was asked to either resign from his position as president of the National Defense University or be fired. The National Defense University remains the highest educational facility in the military. The reason of his oncoming relief from duties was a latent yet prominent case of bipolar disorder. He believes the condition tagged him in 2003 during the Iraq invasion, where he served as engineer brigade commander. He received his diagnosis in November of 2014. In July of that year his boss, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, ordered him to report to Walter Reed for a command directed psychiatric evaluation. Dempsey claimed “A lot of people think you have serious mental health problems.” There were no hard feelings as General Gregg claimed he would have done the same thing if he were in Dempsey’s shoes.

Other News

Social Media in Seattle: A certain school district in Seattle believes that their mental health crisis is due to social media. So they are suing Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Tik Tok and Snapchat. Here’s the article.

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Mental Health Pods: This article lists ten potent podcast focused on mental health in modern society.

AI Misstep: This source visits the topic of a mental health app and ethics of AI testing and deliberations.

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