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I have bipolar disorder

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about eight years ago when I was living in Washington. I then moved to Victoria for work. My meds have changed several times and the stuff I’m taking right now seems to be doing its job with very little side effects (sleep more than usual). My only problem is my family and friends, they treat me differently now, like they really don’t know what to say to me and they hardly want to be around me. It feels like they are always scared of me. I’m still the same person.

Now I still get angry, sad or just have a “blah” day, but that’s normal I’m still a human being. My family seems to think that it’s always because of the bipolar disorder and will frequently ask, “Are you taking your meds like you’re supposed to?” or “Do you need to see your doctor?” So, I guess I’m not allowed to express any kind of negative emotion without them wanting me locked in a mental institution. I told them that people with bipolar disorder lead normal lives. I’ve put myself through University and I’m currently earning my second Masters degree, all while battling Bipolar Disorder, so I’m living proof that I can have a normal life. Bipolar disorder is just like cancer. You can’t cure it but you can control it. I wish my family and friends would see that and act normal with me.

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