I suffer from bipolar disorder, but I am not bipolar.
Bipolar is not who I am. I am Pam, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend.
I don't like it when people say, "Oh, you're bipolar."
When people have illnesses like diabetes or cancer they don't say, "Oh, your diabetes." But somehow with mental illnesses it's o.k. to say "She's schizophrenic." No, she's not, it's just a terrible illness that she or he is dealing with.
Hopping off of my soap box now!