The best way to live with Bipolar II, understand it or help someone with it is to be able to discern fact from fiction. There are more myths out there that I care to count and those are the main cause of stigma. In this post I’m going to go over some of those myths and show how they contribute to stigma.
Major myth that gets under my skin the most, people labeling anyone with a less than a normal personality as Bipolar. We’ve all had those people in our lives that we’re not fond of. Labeling just anyone as Bipolar just because they bother you feeds the myth. Bipolar is not a personality trait. So throwing the word around is well, pointless. I choose not to get offended when it’s missapplied but others might. It also causes ones with the disorder to be ashamed of it and possibly not seek treatment. If you have done this (I’m not asking you to raise your hand to single yourself out) but think how it may or may not affect those around you.
Another myth is that ones with Bipolar/Bipolar II can’t be normal funtioning, successful members of society. This again is false. Sometimes it is extremely hard to function. But overall ones with this disorder do fine. You often don’t know they have the disorder unless they have told you. In my case I graduated high school 2 years early with an A average, I got married and have a successful relationship, I’ve held down the jobs I’ve had, I own a home and I’m currently in school to further my education. There are tons of successful examples that I will share and expand upon in a later post.
These are just a two myths of many. Are there any that you have encountered that I could include in a future blog? In my next blog I’m going to expand on how myths surrounding this disorder contribute to stigma and how stigma affects those with Bipolar disorder or a mental health issue in general. Until next time!