Response overwhelming after bipolar revelation

By Tom DiFrancesca III

I’ve been overwhelmed this week — overwhelmed with e-mails that is: e-mails sent to me in response to last week’s column. Digital dispatches filled with encouragement and with stories — stories about loved ones suffering from Bipolar disorder.
I had used the acronym “BPD” several times in the column, which technically is the wrong acronym.
The official acronym is “BAD,” which stands for “Bipolar Affective Disorder.”
Can you see why I don’t like that acronym and would prefer to utilize a different one?
One reader also shared my dislike. She pointed out that it’s harsh enough that people don’t understand the condition (especially in children), and then to label a child who suffers from it, as “BAD.”
Not a good thing.
A couple of the e-mails that I received also contained a question about the existence of a local support group for those who suffer from “bipolar,” and for their loved ones. I did some “digging,” sent out some inquiries and, so far, have not been able to find any information that would lead me to believe that such a group does exist in Clovis.
If any of you know about one, please send an e-mail to enlighten me — and then, I will enlighten everyone else.
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I’ve been out of town for a few weeks now, and it’s been very nice to be able to go to the Clovis News Journal Web site at
and to keep up with what is going on in the nicest place to live in eastern New Mexico and west Texas.
I see that the rain has been a fallin’, that’s God’s blessings pouring down in liquid form.
Back to the “CNJ” Web site, though — Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has done a very good job lately of keeping the site up-to-date and fresh with new content.
If you find yourself traveling much, hometown newspaper Web sites can’t be beat. If you are interested in what is going on in Portales, just jump over to
and, you’ll get the scoop. Same thing goes for Tucumcari — just hop on over to
and it will be as if you’ve never left home.
What is great about these sites is: They offer free access, and no subscription fees are charged whatsoever. That is not the case for some hometown newspapers that now charge a fee for site access.
Now, don’t get me wrong — a Web site visitor (to one of sites listed above) does not have access to every single item that is contained in the print version of the newspaper, but the site does contain enough information to “keep your feet wet.”
So, I reckon, if you do pay a subscription fee, and you got the whole enchilada, then, I guess it would probably be worth it.

Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at and