A Serious Discussion

Emily and I had a discussion the other day about revealing my Bipolar Disorder II to people. “People” means the people I know. I worry that if they know I have this mood disorder they will view me differently.

My daughter, I believe because of heredity, has a little OCD and General Anxiety. She tells people in her life about it. She thinks it is important to educate about mental illness and she feels that it will make a difference as far as how some people view it.

I have a different tano-more-stigma-10ke on it though. I am afraid to tell even my closest friends about my illness. I am afraid they will misunderstand and think I will strip down naked and run down the street with a knife.  Actually, I hate to admit it, but before I was diagnosed with this disorder, I thought the same thing.

Just like everyone is told by top news stories, the perpetrator of mass murders, etc. are often reported as having a bipolar illness.  The general public sees that and assumes the worst.  Who can blame them?  There are so many variables that are not reported.  Predisposition to violence, access to weapons, psychotic breaks, not medicated, etc.

Writing this blog is the farthest I can go right now.  I feel very protective of my situation. Maybe one day.

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2 thoughts on “A Serious Discussion

  1. I understand what you are saying here. Scared people will veiw you differently. I kept my OCD a secret from everyone until I was 23 I just couldn’t hide it anymore. Some people understood and others didn’t. Thats the way life is. But I like living the way I do now where people know. I know that the people in my life are people who love me for me ❤

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    • I wish I could tell everyone! I would say how proud I am of myself that I have overcome so much. I wish I believed it would change their minds about mental illness. I’m just not convinced and I am not brave enough (like you are) at the moment to test it out.

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