I will never again hide the fact that I have bipolar disorder. That would be denying a piece of myself, and I’m not down with that.
Many of you have asked, “what is it like to tell someone you have bipolar?”
There are 4 types of people who I meet:
- The freaked-out person. These people get very uncomfortable with the whole idea that I have bipolar. It’s almost as if they’re waiting for me to do something ‘crazy,’ which just makes me laugh and couldn’t be farther from my reality.
- The ‘supportive’ person. These people will generally start by saying “really?? You don’t seem like you could be bipolar! How brave of you to tell people.” Which I know their hearts are in the right place… but I still stand by the fact that it’s not brave when I’m just being myself. 🤔
- The shocked person. These people literally do not have words for what they just heard. It’s as if I just told them that I like to eat dirt. They just give a blank stare and say something like “ohhh, ok.”
- The ‘me too’ person. These people either have a mental illness themselves or begin speaking of their friend or cousin who also has bipolar.
More often than not, and possibly because I blog about bipolar, the most common person I meet is probably number 4.
For those of you who tell people you have bipolar, what person do you most often encounter?
I’m so bipolar, and unashamed.