We are not stupid
We are not sick
We are not unhinged
We can cry without being depressed.
We can argue without being manic
We can be sad without being depressed
We aren’t violent
We aren’t sex fiends
We aren’t depraved
We aren’t selfish
We can be excited without being manic
We can be happy without being hypomanic
We can be silly without everyone sounding the alarm
We can say realistic negative things without being depressed.
We can just want to stay in for the night without being depressed
We can want a drink without using it to self medicate
We can start a project without being hypomanic
We can be angry without it being some Bipolar thing.
We are not irrational
We are not lazy
We are not fucked up
We are Bipolar
And we are just people
People have all of the above feelings and experiences without being told it is not real, that it is just their “illness” talking.
It may be confusing but that doesn’t mean we deserve to have every emotion written off because we have a diagnosis.
If we exhibit the extreme behaviors driven by true Bipolar episodes and suffering people jump to the conclusion that we have a character defect
If we exhibit normal person emotions and reactions everyone wants to conveniently sweep them under the Bipolar rug. Including some docs.
That shit gets old