In this video, I discuss how this statement is shaming and stigmatizing, along with reasons why it’s incorrect.
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Myth: When someone gets very mad or sad, it’s because they’re bipolar.
- To say, “They’re bipolar,” is shaming and stigmatizing. We say someone is living with bipolar disorder. “They’re bipolar” makes it seem like bipolar is the person’s whole identify. Realistically, if someone is living with bipolar disorder, it is one component of them and there are many other things that define them, such as partner, mother, soccer player, painter, etc.
- Just because someone gets distressed, doesn’t mean that they’re living with bipolar disorder. This minimizes the experience of someone who is actually living with the diagnosis.
- If an individual is living with bipolar disorder and they become distressed, it may not have to do with their diagnosis at all. This can lead to a lot of confusion within the individual. There could be a reason why they’re distressed, a reason that might may anyone distressed in that particular scenario. Part of the work when it comes to living with bipolar disorder is piecing things apart, and exploring instances where their emotions did or didn’t have to do with their diagnosis. It can be very defeating for an individual to think that everything goes back to their diagnosis, this feeds into the false belief that their diagnosis is a life sentence and there’s nothing that they can do about it.