Wouldn’t it be great if there was no stigma, or prejudice? If people could look at us for who we are instead of what we have. We are people and not an illness.
People still joke about going to the “Funny Farm” or that the weather is very bipolar because it is unpredictable. I have had friends who have quoted the Bible and said, if you don’t work you shouldn’t eat. Is someone on disability not supposed to eat?
It seems like in a mental hospital or in a support group, is where I find the most understanding. However, there are people out there who are accepting, no matter what obstacles one faces. These people are great!
Usually, it takes one to know one. But we all struggle with something. Perfection is not a quality for humans. Some struggle more and need more care and attention.
Life is unpredictable. We don’t always get to choose our course. Some choices are made for us. Can we agree most people wouldn’t like to be bipolar?
We can still have a high quality of life by responding positively to our diagnosis. What we don’t need, is to feel like a second class citizen. It is not all in our head as I have been told. We are complex, but we have feelings that are very real. Love us.
I have chosen to speak out. I write about bipolar and I share with others, even when I am not warmly received. My ex wife has done a lot to reach out to people as well. With our voice we can make a difference.
The sorry part of it is the mental health system is so far behind the medical field. We have a long way to go. But, if we don’t give our input, and no one says anything, it will take even more precious time. Meanwhile some fall through the cracks.
We are not what the media would choose to project as a stereotype. Come on!!! We are good people who struggle and do the best we can. We would all do well to embrace those who are different from us.
I like to think of myself as colorful and interesting, not as a creep or a freak. Each one of us, even though we have a common thread are different.
But, if we stay silent, we are adding to the problem. Stand up for our cause. It is a worthy one. Let’s deal a blow to stigma!