This is a hot topic in our community. I have wanted to write a post about it but I came across this article on the magical thing that is this Twitter and I thought…
oh good now I don’t have to do that.
I believe that part of the reason that
I AM Bipolar rubs us the wrong way is because
society views Bipolar as a
In a sense there is stigma attached to it.
People don’t really seem to flinch when they use other adjectives like
I am diabetic I am asthmatic etc
Those aren’t considered to be bad
Maybe because they aren’t considered to be a character defect by some.
And I don’t think the people who use the other terms
feel like in using them that they are saying that they are now
that asthma is now who they are
nobody thinks it is
the asthma is just a physical illness
While I am the first to argue that Bipolar is not like the other illnesses…
that it confuses us about our identity
I also think it is important that we remember that
so perhaps We don’t like to say I AM Bipolar because of the stigma attached to it.
People are fine with saying “I AM diabetic” because there is no stigma attached to it.
Fuck that shit.
This is part of why I say
I AM Bipolar
though I do say both
because it IS both.
and I know that it is totally personal…..
but for me
I think that we need to stop being ashamed and start just saying and owning and disempowering this shit.
Gabe Howard goes through all of this and more and I am thankful to him for writing this.