Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I am Not Bipolar

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!

18 comments:

Jenn said...

You are not the disease... you are so right about that! Just know you have people behind you that are backing you up on that soapbox Sister!!!!

I don't know what happened, but know that I'm praying for you and lifting you up right now!!!!! Have a wonderful afternoon!!!!!

blueviolet said...

You're so right. The disease does NOT define you. Stay on the soapbox for as long as you want because it's the truth! :)

Cherie said...

I agree with you. I have mild depression and I hate it when I am having a bad day and am labeled.

I do have a friend who is seriously bi-polar and she kind of feeds off the disease. Everything about her life revolves around being bi-polar and she lets everyone know.

I am glad you KNOW that you are NOT the disease - you just have it and are living life in spite of it - Way to Go sister!!!!

Hillbilly Duhn said...

And I so love that you said that. Because how many people truly do turn around and use the fact that they are bipolar as an excuse (?)

You have my respect. =)

He & Me + 3 said...

That is so true. I totally agree with you. I like the Pam you are!

Beth in NC said...

Amen! You are Pam. A child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are the head and not the tail. You are above and not beneath! You aren't a citizen of this world -- just passing through. There are many things YOU ARE, but YOU AREN'T a disease, syndrome, or anything else OTHER than who God says you are.

Bless you!
Beth

Mama Nut said...

I used to have a friend whom I always felt had bipolar II disorder. Do you think it would be appropriate to suggest she look into it and seek treatment? Do you feel like your life is managed more easily with medication? I would love to get more information from someone who lives with this condition and how you think I could help my friend. And I LOVE this post! I used to know a lady who referred to her BIL who had autism as "My autistic brother-in-law" but I always wan't to say...he isn't "autistic" he has "autism." I totally get what you're saying!

Diane said...

it's the same thing with Autistic. :(

this was a great post, Pam! i heart you so much!

i hope to see you soon! i got sick and then i got really busy. but i have some BIG news! :)

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

You couldn't be more right about this! But it's such a hard thing to describe to "normal" people. Just like Diane said about Autism...it's one of those things that most normal people will never understand until or unless they have to be there themselves.
To me....you are my Mimi!

MrsM said...

The only thing that can define you is YOU-and anyone who wants to put you in a box is just dealing with their own issues. ((HUGS))

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

You are so right. We do tend to compartmentalize mental issues. My mom has dementia...and I have found that many of her friends and acquaintance refer to her as if she is dementia itself....not suffering from it like you would cancer! Thanks for soapboxing today. I was in the mood to be riled up.

Joy said...

Hear, hear! Well said.

JennyMac said...

Amen!

Janna Bee said...

You are completely right. Thank you for the reminder!

Kelly said...

Thank you for saying this. I couldn't agree more!

Danielle Miller said...

I'm bipolar too. And when I first found out, I had one of those breakdowns at my therapist's office about how do I know how much of me is me and how much is the disorder. But I have me straightened out now.

What I've found though is that knowing I have the disorder has empowered me more than going around thinking I'm normal. For one thing, I'm so not normal. But not in a bad way. Now I have an excuse! I can talk to myself anytime I want and it's fine because I already know I'm crazy!

Found you on SITS.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hugs!!

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