I wanted to talk more about the Myths surrounding Bipolar/Bipolar II disorder. In my previous post regarding this I talked about how the word ‘bipolar’ is used as a blanket term to label anyone and everyone who might be a wee bit off. I also talked about how it’s believed that those with the disorder cant be successfully functioning individuals. That post was entitiled Myths & Stigma if you want to read more. I got some feedback on that post that I wanted to include and address today.
“Everyone gets like that”. That is what some people will say to you when you try and describe Bipolar/Bipolar II disorder. They may claim that at time they do get depressed, have extra energy, insomnia etc… Fill in with any of your own personal syptoms that you would have named. Bipolar/Bipolar II have a name and clinical recognition and treatment because they are real. We have the feelings and symptons that we describe to you but to the enth degree. It’s true that everyone has there up’s and down’s and I’m not trying to take away from that. However, those that have this disorder live it everyday. There’s no escaping it. It’s always there, always present, always causing problems. It’s not something that comes around from time to time. To gain understanding of the disorder you have to understand that its real and always present just like any other disorder or disease. View it as you would diabetes, chron’s disease and many more.
“Are you sure you need to be taking all of those pills? They may be doing you more harm than good.”. This is another poular response ones will give when they know what you have and see what youre taking. Trust me, ones that are getting treatment for Bipolar/Bipolar II have thoroughly went over the pro’s and con’s of their medication. We have to live with the side effects, so we’re well aware of the potential harm. The only way to recieve those medications is through our doctor. Doctors have spent umpteen years in school to determine whether or not certain medications are good or bad for certain people. They also spend a considerable amount of time with their patient to decide whether or not that medication is right for them or not and if it’s ok to take along with your other medications. If you have ever caught yourself wondering the above question, please remember that there is quite a process that has been gone through to get that medication.
These were just a couple more myths/misconceptions. Let me know if you have any more to add to the mix or if you want me to expand more on a particular one. I appreciate all of your comments. See you next time!