Sunday, I was watching the U.S. Open on TV when a commercial came on that I thought had to be kidding. It was a commercial for a drug that supposedly helps those afflicted with bipolar disorder. They showed a person gazing out a window of their house, on a rainy day. The commentator tells us that we don’t have to live with bipolar disorder anymore because of their new drug. Then, just when they have “us” all convinced, he adds, “The side effects are depression (Wait a minute, isn’t “depression” the REASON I’D BE TAKING THE DRUG? …I’m confused), stomach upset (they throw “stomach upset” into practically every drug as a side effect… even to STOMACH MEDICATION!), and (get this one… this one’s the kicker!) …AND THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE SUICIDE TENDENCIES AND DEATH!”
Did this company just tell “us” that the medication that they are recommending for “us” to take for bipolar disorder can make us want to kill ourselves AND can CAUSE DEATH?!?!
As my youngest son Noah likes to say, “First a ball…” aren’t THE SYMPTOMS of bipolar disorder “depression” and even “suicidal tendencies?” So, this company is basically saying – buy our medication – take our medication and either it will help relieve the symptoms of your bipolar disorder OR it will CAUSE those very same symptoms!
I see, so just in case you have bipolar disorder and you would like the opportunity to either give yourself depression and suicidal tendencies OR you already have those symptoms and would like to AMP THEM UP – you should really take their medication.
Even more to the point… their medication can cause DEATH!
DEATH?! You ask.
YES… D…E…A…T…H. We’re talking the Grim Reaper… your number’s up… the big sleep!
Yeah… yeah… okay, I’m from Ridgewood, New York – the capital of sarcasm and the skeptical view – BUT – I’m gonna try and keep an open mind about this…
So, let’s say I have bipolar disorder… I’m depressed, maybe ‘cause it’s raining outside (although I live in Las Vegas, NV, so rain usually makes us very happy out here, but I digress…) anyway… I’m depressed about something… and I’m watching the U.S. Open and I see their advertisement for their bipolar disorder medication… is this my train of thought?
“Hmm… let’s see… I buy their medication …I take their medication …and …I have a chance of making myself even more depressed and suicidal AND I give myself a REAL CHANCE AT KILLING MYSELF JUST BY TAKING THE MEDICATION! Yeah… THAT’S the medication I want!”
I ask all you readers out there… if they can come out with a medication and advertise it on TV TELLING US it can cause DEATH …then what’s next?
How about a commercial for tomato sauce? I can see some company out there discussing this at one of their board meetings, “So, we can crush some tomatoes, add a little arsenic and rat poison and sell it on TV – as long as we tell them at the end of the commercial, ‘Our tomato sauce may cause death!’”
Wait a minute, didn’t RAGU advertise that? Haha…
You can’t make this stuff up! Peace, g
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