But the ones that take the cake, the ones that you most likely would go "Bipolar" on if you happen to forget your Meds, are the naysayers. Ah yes, life wouldn't be complete without the ignorant, simpletons of the world. The feeble-minded bunch that I'm referring to are the ones that apparently all drink the same Kool-aide. They share the same closed-minded opinion and vocabulary. And their tag line is always the same (stop me if you've heard it)...
"It's all in your head."
...Um, well yeah, no shit! Where do you propose a mental illness should be found, my kidney?! Ass-clown! And it is this mind set, that makes us freaking crazy! Now, I realize that mental illness is a very broad spectrum. There's so many different & challenging diagnoses, it's difficult for anyone to fully understand. That's why, instead of directing your uneducated word vomit towards someone like me, you should ask questions of substance as an alternative.
You'd be surprised how far compassionate intrigue will get you. Just like any other complexity in life, showing a person support and that you want to understand, makes life an easier pill to swallow. Pill pun intended.
Some people don't want to talk about their diagnosis and that's ok. Just knowing that you're there in case they change their mind is what matters. Others, like myself on the other hand, want to talk to people about it. Because if we don't who will? Who can actually bare their soul and leave the cookie cutter crap out of a conversation about the dirty details of a mental illness better than we can? The answer is no one. We live with our disease every day, it's apart of who we are. Why not own it?
Helping people understand mental illness, is also helping people living with mental illness. Let me just say now, that I'm not a doctor by any sense of the word. However, when you've seen as many shrinks, swallowed as many pills, and have been manic as many times as some of us have, you're basically a seasoned vet.
And you most likely can, and have told a doctor or two how to do their job on occasion. If you think about it, no one knows you like you know yourself. And not one single person can give better insight to what you need than you.
So cut yourself some slack, there are people that feel the same way you do. And you are going to be alright. It takes a lot of work and dedication to get to that point. But you can get there, because you are not alone. You just need to reach out, and ask for help. You needn't worry or be discouraged about the stigma. Taking it upon yourself to seek treatment is the first step in beating the stigma. And I know you've got the power to lead the life you want.
So, what are you waiting for, my friend?