I was just interviewed for an article that will appear here on Psych Central in the coming weeks. The topic was how to react to dismissive statements about mood disorders. I won’t reveal what I had to say in response to the editor’s questions (you’ll have to wait for that), but thought I would approach it as a whole now.
Being accepted is hard. In kindergarten. In junior high. Freshman year of college. So why should it be any easier when you join the class of the bipolars?
People are afraid of what they don’t understand. And you, dear reader, may be hard for a person without a mood disorder to understand. You don’t experience emotion like most people do. You are one of the 5.7 million “unique” adult Americans who can totally understand the depths of depression and the heights of mania.
I get you.
I get it.
And it’s not your job to stand up to every bully on the playground, but you need to be able to stand your ground, to say, “Yeah. I have bipolar disorder. So what?” View every critic as an opportunity to enlighten. I mean, how much did you really know about bipolar disorder before you were diagnosed? I can tell you I didn’t know jack.
That is why I write these blog posts – to hold up a light as you find your way. Don’t be afraid of discrimination, because it IS out there. But don’t succumb to it either. Hold your head high, dear reader, because you have nothing to be ashamed of. You have a bit of a chemical imbalance in your brain. That is all, just a chemical imbalance.
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