Bipolar Disorder – Just The Facts

In my opinion, for years now, whenever bipolar disorder is revealed on social media it relates to some heinous, horrid crime. Mass shootings or some horrific crime such as a vicious assault, or violent murders.  Less often is anything else said about bipolar, such as research or how the average person struggling with this disorder lives.

No surprise there is a stigma with mental illness, let alone bipolar disorder or depression.  I was diagnosed with BP in the late 1990’s due to a few hypomanic episodes, however, my history shows I’m usually in the “basement”, staggering through the muck, fighting depression.  I wonder how thorough that test was for the doctor to diagnose me as Bipolar?For me, it’s a label, but I hate to even divulge I have BP.  Shame really….imagine being ashamed of an illness?

Written and copyrighted by Deb McCarthy/2017

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I am a Mental Health Advocate for mental illness Stigma. In 2007, I created the "Living in Stigma" blog, with the purpose and anticipation of educating people about mental illness. Depression is part of this illness, which intertwines with those struggling with PTSD, chronic pain, and other invisible illnesses. I am a chronic migraine sufferer myself, and a sexual and emotional abuse survivor. My passions are writing, poetry, and art. All abuse Survivors are also Warriors.

6 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder – Just The Facts”

  1. Sometimes I write here and on Facebook and tell people I have a mental illness. I think I’m not ashamed of it because it isn’t my fault and then maybe people can understand why I act the way I act and say the things I say. Maybe they will really understand that I can’t come and visit because I am sick, not because I don’t like them. That in fact I love them.

    I’m glad I was diagnosed instead of saying to myself all the time, “What is wrong with me?” Well, now I know. There is finally a reason for my irrational thoughts. I can see my thoughts for what they are, a little girl in terrible pain.

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    1. I love hearing that. When I first started this blog in 2007, I was really hesitant to include any writings about my past with mental illness, but as the years passed and more and more people started sharing their experiences I learned that I was not alone. It felt good not to be ashamed of having depression and realized the huge stigma that people have against others with an illness that isn’t their fault.

      Thanks for your comment, appreciate it. 🙂

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  2. There is so much misinformation out there! Most people do not realize that people that suffer from mental issues are MORE LIKELY to be the victims of violent crimes, not the perpetrators!


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