Why fight stigma? Good question.
Personally, I fight to bring awareness to the cause. I’ve spent countless hours, days, etc. to bring a name to mental illness. My name is Bipolar Maniac.
For the last few weeks now, I’ve worked diligently on making a name for myself, to gain trust, and to build a community.
Thus far, I’ve done just that! I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in such a short time!
I’ve been asked why I’m doing this. Simply to help others. I’ve built a website, an app, and a social network. I’m not receiving any monetary rewards, nor am I looking for it. My reward is in helping bring a name to mental illness, offering support, and resources to the masses.
Personally, I’ve been afraid of the stigma of telling my story. It’s taking me two plus years to finally break free of my own inherent stigma. I believe its important for all of us to recognize the damage it causes when we label mental illness.
There is so many different categories of mental illness: Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder…and the list goes on and on.
Each of us is likely living with a disorder or have a loved one affected by a disorder.
I believe the stats are 3% of the world is afflicted with some sort of mental disorder. I personally have Type 1 Bipolar Disorder. For me it’s been a roller coaster ride. From undiagnosed to diagnosis.
We all have a story to tell. So why not tell it! Why stay cooped up with fear of what the world will say. I’m proud to tell my story. Granted, it took me a bit of time but it feels really good to get it off my chest.
Most of you know my story already. My trials and tribulations through my disorder. What you don’t know is I did hide it for a long time. I hid it from my family, from my friends, even my children.
A little because of embarrassment, but mostly the stigma represented around the world regarding mental illness. To me my life is my life. I am who I am. I’m the same person I was prior to diagnosis. But after I was also a little different. Who was I? I was special! Unique! Not weird, not crazy, not cuckoo!
There is nothing wrong with having a mental illness. You may ask what is this name I speak of. What name is she trying to give to mental illness. That name is: ACCEPTANCE!
With my blog, app, and social network following I sincerely hope to gain a level of ACCEPTANCE for mental illness. I hope people realize there is a lot of support out there, and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! That it is ok to talk openly about what’s going on. Your condition, your medications, your side effects, your emotions, etc. Likeliness, if you open up, you will find someone just like you to befriend and have similar in common. How great would it be to meet someone alike, and share what’s going on in your world! AWESOME, I say, AWESOME!
That is exactly what I’ve gotten out of sharing my story to you all! I hope you all find comfort that there is ACCEPTANCE in this world. There is a community build of supporters out there.
Myself, and my partner Mrs. Bip0lar are a great start to finding that community!
If you have a Windows Phone, I have an app called Bipolar Maniac FREE to download. If you have a Microsoft computer, there will soon be an app available in the Windows Store also FREE.
My partner is on twitter @livingwithbatman or also on the Facebook link above.
Please share your comments or if you would like to DM me via twitter, I encourage you to do so!
We are trying diligently to be in as many places as possible to help support the masses.