Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Brian, the Aftermath
After posting what is being described as a suicide note/goodbye letter to his wife and daughters on FaceBook Sunday night, the former TAPS member and star of Ghost Hunters went missing...sparking a manhunt that not only involved family and friends, but local law enforcement and ghost hunters/paranormal enthusiasts over the country.
Luckily, Brian was found safe and sound Monday evening, and the Twitter Tweets from wife, Michelle, along with Chip Coffey and Jason Hawes all reported that he was on his way to receive treatment. Yesterday, Brian was apparently released from a local medical facility, and put back on his medication for bipolar disorder. Here, in his own words, as posted on his FB account is a letter to his fans, family and friends:
Addendum, because some people are CLEARLY missing the message of this post:
In no way, shape or form, have I ever intended, or blatantly said, that I think it was a waste of time for people to look for this individual and to make sure he gets the help he needs. The only thing I said was that perhaps police resources could possibly have been put to better use--and I say that because I know that if it were me personally, I would feel terrible knowing that my actions had caused precious time away from helping someone who was in a worse situation than myself. I don't pretend to know this individual personally, and I sure as heck cannot begin to fully understand his actions and the issues behind them.
I wish him nothing but the best, but I am disappointed overall with how the situation was handled. I don't truly think all was done in the aftermath to ensure that he WILL receive the medical and psychiatric support needed to combat this type of diagnosis, but hopefully the outpouring of love and concern by those who have never met him will help show him that there are people who care and who will be there during the darkest times.
I also think its perfectly healthy from a psychological standpoint to be angry when someone engages in this type of behavior. Survivors of loved ones lost to suicide always go through an angry phase, as this act is seen as selfish. Fortunately, most realize that people who make claims like Brian did, or who actually go through with self-harming acts are NOT in their right minds and that there is no selfish intent. However, speaking from personal experience, I do know its also selfish to go off medications or deny myself treatment when its needed....I have lived this personally, so those out there judging me but worshipping Brian like an idol are a bunch of hypocrites. This is very common with bipolar...feeling like you're fine, you don't need meds, then bam. I can only hope that this experience is enough of an eye opener for Brian to recognize this as well and take more responsibility in monitoring his situation. Again, this is all going on what he himself has publicly said.
Please, if you don't agree with me, at least be intelligent enough to READ and comprehend before telling me what a terrible person I am.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)