You must listen to this entire song. I bet you’ll be very disappointed with me afterwards! 😉 I might wear a version of the lead singer’s outfit for my 1st book talk – what do you think?
First, here’s some essential 1970s rock education since most of you are way younger than I am. The song “Magic” is by PILOT – isn’t that a groovy name? Pilot was a rock group formed during 1973 in Edinburgh, Scotland by former Bay City Rollers members, David Paton and Billy Lyall. “Magic” was their first hit single and it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 in the US when yours truly was 5, and guess what? ECT didn’t erase any of it in my brain!!! Take that, anti-psychiatry folk!
Speaking of MAGIC…
Last week the magic of “I’m Disappointed” happened again! Here’s the latest disappointment drama!
It was a mellow afternoon in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I allowed myself a little Twitter time (okay, I allowed myself too much Twitter time!) and I decided to search for any recent postpartum bipolar-related tweets. Occasionally I’ll discover a valuable contact or resource.
I spotted a tweet from a man I’ll call “Mike.” Mike had read one of my postpartum bipolar tweets and he responded by tweeting something slanderous about me. Mike had no idea that his tweet was about to get me Very Disappointed, but oh, was he to learn he shouldn’t mess with the one & only “Dyane Disappointment!”
I reported Mike’s tweet to Twitter.
Alas! Twitter disappointed me too! They found nothing wrong with Mike’s tweet, so I sent Twitter this email:
Subject: DISAPPOINTED: Re: Case# 62591680: Report about @”Mike”
From: Dyane Harwood
Dear Twitter Staff,
I was very disappointed with your lack of action regarding my complaint.
Please allow me to explain:
I have a significant problem with Mike’s tweet.
Anyone can view it if they do a topic search for “postpartum bipolar” which is my field of expertise. His tweet is rude and slanderous – it implies I have been unfaithful to my
husband because of my mental illness. That is a total lie, but others reading it
might think otherwise and it could affect my professional reputation.
I have bipolar disorder and I’m an author and a perinatal mental health
advocate. This person’s slanderous tweet has triggered alarming symptoms of my
bipolar disorder, causing me to lose sleep, which can potentially send me
to the hospital. His tweet upset my family members which also triggered my insomnia.
I demand that you take IMMEDIATE action against this individual and remove his tweet
and his account or I will be forced to consult with my attorney. *
Dyane Harwood, B.A., C.P.T. @DyaneHarwood
Santa Cruz, California
*This is my attorney, but Twitter didn’t need to know that!
Miss Lucy Harwood, JD (“Just Dog”)
Here’s Twitter’s reply:
"From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sat, 15 July, 2017 1:21 am Hello, Thank you for contacting us about this issue. We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules: https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311 <https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311>. If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked. If you would like more information on how to control your Twitter experience, see this help article: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170134 <https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170134> Please continue to report any future violations of the Twitter Rules to us. We appreciate your help making Twitter better for everyone. Thank you, Twitter"
Perhaps it wasn’t just the magic of “I’m very disappointed” but also the magic of “I’ll consult my attorney” that got Twitter to take a second look at my complaint and not brush me off like a flea. I was so happy they did the right thing in the end!
I haven’t looked to see if “Mike” is active on Twitter again and up to his old tricks, or if he has opened a new Twitter account. Who knows? But if he pulls the same thing with me, you can bet I’ll get disappointed. And if Mama is disappointed, everyone’s gonna get disappointed! (Groan, I know!)
On a much happier note….
My friend Mel referred me to a very cool new site called BFFPetnet – a unique pet community. If you’re a pet lover like I am, check it out. I’m there under “Dyane” — if you could please tell your pet loving friends about it, I’d be grateful to you! (They’re on Facebook & Instagram too!)
Another happy note:
You can read the 1st Official Birth of a New Brain article here in Mental Health Treatment by journalist David Heitz!
For those of you who like to look at brief videos of my
attorney dog, this twenty seconds of Lucy swimming in Lake Tahoe for the first time is too cute:
See you next Friday – I have some cool book-related updates as well as a section called “Dog Poop & Rich People” I want to share with you!
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw, will be published by Post Hill Press on October 10th, 2017. Birth of a New Brain is now available on Amazon for paperback pre-sales. Kindle pre-sales will be available in August.