Bipolar Myth-Busting on World Bipolar Day
On this World Bipolar Day, I thought I’d focus on some of the most popular posts that tell people what they need to know about bipolar disorder. These are posts that thousands have searched for and read spanning seven years. And what’s more is I think these posts are bipolar myth-busting. Share one or more on social media to help bust bipolar myths (not to mention stigma).
General Bipolar Disorder Myth-Busting Information
Even just this general information about bipolar disorder busts bipolar myths. It’s time that people know what bipolar really is.
- The Difference Between Bipolar I and Bipolar II — This is an important post for the uninitiated to read so that they can understand us all the better.
- How a Person with Bipolar Thinks — This is, by far, the most popular pieces on Bipolar Burble. It’s short and it aims to educate how people with bipolar disorder think as compared to others. No, our thoughts aren’t just “crazy” messes of spaghetti.
- Bipolar and Emotional Disconnection — I think when your emotions are so big disconnection from them is pretty normal.
- How Does It Feel to Have Bipolar? Lonely — I know what it’s like to feel alone because of mental illness. This is often because people feel the stigma against bipolar in society.
- Why Don’t People Get Help for Mental Illness — There are genuine reasons and illness-related reasons why people don’t get help for mental illness.
Myth-Busting Information About Bipolar Hypomania
People picture extreme, movie-like depictions of highs in bipolar disorder. Bust the myths around bipolar hypomania.
- What Does Bipolar Hypomania Feel Like? — Many want to know this. I’m not sure if it’s because they have bipolar and are looking for other experiences or if they don’t have bipolar and are looking to understand. Either way, this is my experience of bipolar hypomania.
- How to Handle Bipolar Hypomania — If hypomania is causing problems for you, here are some ways to handle that bipolar hypomania.
Bipolar and Depression Myth-Busting
- The Difference Between Being Suicidal and Wanting to Die — Surprisingly, perhaps, many people want to die but are not actively suicidal. This is common in the bipolar population. Read about the difference.
- Depression and Feeling Dead Inside — Depression isn’t just about sadness. Many people feel hollowed out, too.
- Why Should I Continue to Fight the Pain of Depression? — I give out this article a lot because this is such an important question. Yes, even if you are very suicidal, there are reasons to fight. I have fought through the worst and I know others can, too.
- People Who Attempt Suicide Don’t Want to Die — Most people think suicide is about death. It isn’t.
A Little Bit of Hope — Bust Myths and Self-Stigma
But let’s not forget, there is hope for those with bipolar disorder.
- Can a Person with Bipolar Disorder Be Happy? — I might not be the best example of this, but it doesn’t mean that others don’t experience huge happiness.
- The Mind-Brain Split and Enlightenment in Bipolar Disorder — I know this one is harder to conceptualize, but there is a split between the brain and mind and understanding this (often because of mental illness) leads to enlightenment.
Education on Bipolar Myths on World Bipolar Day
When I run into people on World Bipolar Day I tend to tell them a fact or two about bipolar disorder and that’s what these articles are about. These articles are about taking a minute to recognize what bipolar disorder really is and not what Hollywood or the movies say it is. It’s all of our responsibility, whether you have bipolar or not, to educated other about the facts.
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About Natasha Tracy
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.