We Are Bipolar

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

But

If we exhibit normal person emotions and reactions everyone wants to conveniently sweep them under the Bipolar rug. Including some docs.

Seriously?

So unfair.

That shit gets old

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