Here’s a fact: People are not always going to accept you, for whatever reason, but maybe more frequently because off the stigma of mental illness.
Being Beautifully Bipolar can be a tough thing for others to accept. They have this preconceived notion that we are crazy, and perhaps to extent, we are. But not in the way they think.
Recently I started a relationship with a guy. He was courteous and well-mannered, both things I look for in a guy. Somewhere along the way I told him I was mentally ill. I explained that I was stable and took medication, didn’t even mention my disorders. And you know what he did? He hung up on me last night and never called back. That is stigma. That hurts.
It takes a special kind of person to take the time to understand us. I even have books on how to deal with someone with bipolar disorder that I share. I wish it wasn’t so complicated for people to understand us – or at least try. But until we can try to erase stigma this will continue to happen.
I don’t mean to be a sad sap. I am only telling you that I’ve been there. I know how it feels to be dropped because of my mental illnesses. We just have to keep fighting back, informing people and erase the stigma one person at a time.