You don’t understand my mental illness and that’s OK

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

Here goes nothing.

I think all too often we forget that empathy and understanding are not synonymous.

There is nothing more offensive and nothing that minimizes a mental illness more than to tell someone that you understand what it feels like. The fact is that you don’t. I used to have a more gentle and arguably more classy approach but I think brute honesty is needed.

I was diagnosed with Manic Depressive Disorder a.k.a Bipolar Disorder over two years ago. In all technicality, I have been diagnosed Bipolar II which for clarification means I experience hypomania (a less severe form of mania) and more depressive episodes. Bipolar Disorder can worsen over time and even develop into Bipolar Schizophrenia. I’ll go into more depth with all of that another time. The gist of it being this disorder can very easily spiral out of control.


So I hope it is already making…

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