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Why I Sometimes, Rarely, Never Tell People I Have Bipolar Disorder

This is a great post by Dori Owen from “The Lithium Chronicles” about how stigma silences and isolates those with mental illness. It has some great descriptions of what people know, or think they know about the illness; and thinking they know means dialogue shuts down. It’s worth a read!

Why I Sometimes, Rarely, Never Tell People I Have Bipolar Disorder.

“Why is it that every organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy except the brain?”―Ruby Wax

Subtitle: It would be so much easier to disclose I have a blood disorder. Which I actually do. But unlike a bipolar disorder it’s not so much of a conversation stopper. Most people have never heard of it so a lengthy explanation on the blood disorder follows. They then become well-educated on what the it is and how it affects me.

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UP/DOWN: a documentary about bipolar disorder

This is a full length video about bipolar disorder called “UP/DOWN”. It is a good tool to help educate about the illness. I believe education is key to ending stigma associated with mental illness.
There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. They diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria and sinking to a devastating depression.[…] In short, “Up/Down” is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it.
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What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

Have a look at this Blog post, it has a great cartoon illustrating how ridiculous it would look if we treated physical illness they way we treat mental illness…oh I can’t wait to show you, the picture is below….

What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

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His Finest Hour

Faris Khalifa in this brave video opens up about his mental illness and breaks his silence, not just for himself, but for those who still feel they can’t.

Find the original source article here.

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Google Search Results for Mental Illness…

An awesome blogger, Emma, who runs The Madvocate, created these thought-provoking images by copying Google searches of mental illnesses and pasting them on famous people who had them.

It’s interesting to see the negative stereotypes and misconceptions about mental illness on some of the world’s most recognizable, successful people. ~ Rossalyn Warren

From Upworthy.com ~ Do Mentally Ill People ‘Scare’ You? Well, These Famous People Are Certainly Not Scary.

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5 Historical Figures with Mental Illness

Mental illness is difficult to live on its own, but feeling like you have to hide it, are afraid that someone will find out or maybe people already have treated you differently because of it. Here is a little video I would like to share in support of ending the stigma associated with mental illness.

5 Historical Figures with Mental Illness

 

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Never Too Small

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