We often fear what we don’t understand.
And it doesn’t help that less well known mental illnesses often become the butt of jokes or dramatized horrors in movies and TV.
But at our core, we’re all just people, living our lives and struggling with our struggles.
Sometimes those struggles are visible, and sometimes they’re not, but it’s time to normalize kindness.
Just like there’s been a movement in recent years of people talking about their depression, it’s time to start talking about Bipolar Disorder and other less known mental illnesses.
These 10 people were brave enough to speak up about their experiences.
1. It’s not easy to hear
Even for the person living with it.
2. But a diagnosis can finally provide some hope
No matter how scary it is, at least it’s a chance for change.
3. But not everyone wants to take pharmaceuticals
I get it. It’s a life sentence of being beholden to drug companies.
4. The important thing is to have support
Good friends can make all the difference day in and day out.
5. Some people can just roll with it
Makes me wish I was a Gemini to be honest.
6. Even once you have a diagnosis, the journey isn’t over
The human mind is like a maze, with lots of twists and turns.
7. But an accurate diagnosis can go a long way to providing hope
And sometimes, hope is the first step.
8. It can make you re-evaluate your life though
How could it not make you question things?
Absolutely heartbreaking outcome, but bravo on the selfless decision.
People need to mind their own business.
9. The medication can be challenging to manage
As someone who gets annoyed at needing to take a vitamin supplement, I get it. That’s a lot.
10. The best outcome is when you can cut yourself slack
Normalize treating yourself gently. We’re all just doing our best.
These definitely show how difficult it can be to receive a mental health diagnosis, even without the associated stigma.
It’s time to start talking about it, and I’m so grateful this group of people did.
Are there things in your life that you wish more people would talk about? Start the conversation in the comments.