It’s easy to lose ourselves in the blur of emotions that come with a Bipolar diagnosis. A doctor says “you have Bipolar Disorder” and many people will basically take that on as a new identity. They lose sight of the fact that they are a person FIRST – who happens to have Bipolar Disorder.
When we have a personal “fault” pointed out to us, it’s hard to see anything else. For example, if someone said “your hair looks messy today,” that becomes all you think about. It’s easy to forget all of the other parts of you that are in perfect order! Another example would be when someone points out something we did wrong. We instantly forget the overwhelming number of things that we did right!
It doesn’t help that Bipolar Disorder is so misunderstood, stigmatized, and not discussed as much as it should be. This makes it even harder to accept. For many people, it sadly becomes a “massive fault or character flaw” that they feel ashamed of.
Please remember that Bipolar Disorder is just a word! It was created to help people discuss commonly shared experiences so they can live a better life. Similar to the words “diabetes” or “allergies.” At some point in time, these words didn’t even exist. Just because someone came up with a word for the feelings you have, does that automatically change who you are as a person? It’s NOT an identity and doesn’t change your worth. It’s simply a part of who you are like the color of your hair. (Of course it’s more serious than having brown hair), but my point is that is doesn’t define who you are as a person. Remember, YOU ARE NOT BIPOLAR! You are a PERSON who happens to have Bipolar Disorder. There’s a big difference between the two!
In this video from Polar Warriors, I’m going to share some stories of wisdom to help reiterate what I’m saying here. As always I hope this video helps you along your Polar Warrior journey! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments, so feel free to join the conversation below =)
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