If someone knows you have a mental illness you’re screwed. Stigma says fear mental illness: think mental illness think shootings, homeless addicts, vandalism, physical and sexual abuse, weak character, low intelligence, and lack of integrity. Stigma says mental illness is shameful. If you have a mental illness you don't look or act abnormal. Stigma says mental
Avoid the mainSTream (people get lost there)
She's defensive and cries easily. It's as if an alien came and took away my daughter.
Bipolar moods are intense and extreme: normal teen angst times 10 (or more!)
The warning signs of depression and bipolar disorder in teens and young adults. An at-a-glance graphic poster.
What to look for and how to find help when your child is depressed. (part 1)
From Diagnosis to Recovery: Coming to Terms With My Bipolar Diagnosis -C.G. My
A poem for all my bipolar friends.
Bipolar Disorder explained (part 2): Mania and Hypomania
...and so because of my illness and the stigma associated with it. I tried to hide it. Thinking that if I was who I was on the inside no one would love me or support me. I never have been so glad to be wrong.