Mental Health Stigma of Bipolar

The stigma surrounding bipolar disorder can have a huge impact on our lives. Read these articles pertaining to stigma and living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

The Importance of Owning Our Story

Laura Fisher
September 3, 2019

What are you afraid of? What are your limitations? What have you overcome? What makes you powerful? In short: Do you own your story? I am in the process of owning mine. Here is how I’ve made progress so far. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives...

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Welcome to the Family

Brooke Baron
August 19, 2019

Having bipolar can rock your world, but take heart—there are some pros to all the cons. A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a tough pill to swallow. From pharmaceutical decisions to disclosure decisions, it can become a crippling time of anxiety, frustration, and upheaval. That feeling of brokenness can be hard to shake, but remembering...

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Mental Health Advocacy: Is Our Work Valued? Are We Doing Enough?

Yvette Hess
May 15, 2019

If you choose to speak up about your experiences with bipolar disorder, and become an advocate, you take away the space stigma needs to thrive. I think the biggest takeaway from my years of working in the mental health sector is that the work we do is undervalued and we underestimate the energy – all...

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When Stigma Strikes too Close to Home

Robin L. Flanigan
April 4, 2019

Stigma stings, but when it happens in your own backyard—our own families and friends not accepting us—it is especially hard to take. Stigma, no matter where it comes from, is insensitive and dehumanizing. But when discrimination comes from those we consider to be part of our inner circle—friends, family, co-workers, fellow worshipers, others we’d hope...

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When Words Wound: Using Mental Health Terminology Incorrectly Hurts

JB Burrage
April 1, 2019

Sometimes people are unaware that using mental health terms to describe everyday situations can cause harm to people by trivializing those mental health issues. Back in my days of mental health ignorance, when I didn’t know the difference between different disorders and thought everyone with a mental health issue was just “crazy,” certain things didn’t...

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I’m Sick Of Being Treated Like I’m Incompetent Just Because I Have Bipolar

Lynn Rae
March 27, 2019

As soon as people find out I have bipolar, their interactions with me change. It’s like, in their minds, bipolar becomes my singular defining feature. According to Forbes magazine, we have 7 seconds to make a first impression, good or bad.  Imagine that—being judged based on so little time.  When I tell someone who doesn’t...

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Views About Bipolar Disorder Improved By TV Epilogues

bp Magazine
November 9, 2018

An epilogue, or writing at the end of a work, with facts about bipolar could help decrease stigma and misinformation about the condition.   September 1, 2018, MORGANTOWN, WV—Adding an epilogue to a television show episode about bipolar disorder increases viewers’ positive views towards the disorder, a new study has found. American researchers had two...

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Bipolar Disorder Awareness: How to Advocate for Yourself and Others

Allison Strong
October 10, 2018

Interested in becoming a mental health advocate? There are many opportunities such as Mental Illness Awareness Week to join the movement! I like to be involved with the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (who I just found), Mental Health America, the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and National Alliance on Mental Illness. I sure don’t want to...

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How to Combat Myths of Bipolar Disorder: A Survival Guide

Karl Shallowhorn
October 1, 2018

Myths about bipolar can perpetuate stigma and unhelpful treatment strategies—so it’s important to learn the facts about living with this brain-based disorder.   Hi. This is Karl Shallowhorn with the BPHope.com vlog. In this segment, I’m going to be talking about three of the myths associated with bipolar disorder. Myth #1 One of the myths...

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Face to Face, Eye to Eye: Confronting Stigma from an Expected Source

Carol Borrelli
July 3, 2018

Stereotyping can come at unexpected moments and you may not know how to react—this can be fuel for your mission to combat stigma. By Carol Borrelli   As a person with a mental health condition, and almost a lifetime of caring for others with one as well, countering stigma means the world to me. I...

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Clearing up ‘Massive Misunderstandings’ About Bipolar

Natasha Tracy
June 13, 2018

It can be difficult to talk to others about bipolar for many reasons—arming yourself with education and preparing examples can help.   If I walk up to someone who doesn’t know anything about bipolar disorder and just tell them I have bipolar disorder, chances are very good there’s going to be a massive misunderstanding there....

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6 Ways to Remain Hopeful in The Face of Stigma

Carol Borrelli
June 8, 2018

When people hurl insults at me, I use them to propel me into a hopeful mindset of staying in touch with my self-confidence and healthy pride. Unfortunately, in life, sometimes there are those that we encounter who will use our bipolar disorder diagnosis against us. This is to their shame, of course, and in reality...

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‘Going Public’ With Your Bipolar Disorder: Insight on the Impacts

Natasha Tracy
May 7, 2018

Publicizing your bipolar diagnosis can lead to both support and negative comments or “attacks,”. Here’s how you can handle the good and bad.   I happen to be a very public person and I very publicly have bipolar disorder. Everyone who reads me, everyone who reads my book, anyone who sees anything to do with...

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Why Colds and Mental Health Conditions Have More in Common Than You Think

Erika Nielsen
May 4, 2018

Mental health conditions are just as difficult to endure as physical health conditions, such as colds, but why are they so much more difficult to talk about?   Not long ago, I was knocked down flat by an uber-virus that everyone seemed to be catching. In the throes of my throbbing raw throat, faucet nostrils, and...

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What I Would Change About the World’s Perception of Bipolar

Julie A. Fast
March 30, 2018

I would like the world to know how hard it is to have this illness. How strong we are to manage it daily.   I was recently asked the question: what would I like to change about the perception of bipolar disorder? In honor of  World Bipolar Day, which is March 30th, I thought I...

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How to Eliminate Bipolar Disorder Stigma

April Michael
March 28, 2018

There is one simple thing we can do for ourselves and each other to overcome and eliminate stigma. It doesn’t take a lot, it just takes love.   I have encountered a lot of people who have wanted to stigmatize me for having a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Sometimes it felt like they just wanted...

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How to Explain Everyone DOES NOT Have a Form of Bipolar Disorder

Julie A. Fast
January 25, 2018

Bipolar is certainly different than typical “moodiness”, however some people don’t understand this. Luckily, you can learn how to break it down for them. By Julie A. Fast   You have probably heard the following: “Aren’t we all a bit bipolar? Everyone has moods! Why put a label on it?” The answer, born out of...

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‘I’m Scared to Tell People I Have Bipolar Disorder’: How To Feel Proud

Julie A. Fast
January 11, 2018

Anticipating how friends and family will react to your diagnosis can be detrimental towards your mental wellbeing. Regardless, remain proud– there is nothing wrong with you. By Julie A. Fast   I often receive questions on Facebook that are so loving and kind and filled with such longing to belong. The decision to tell people...

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A Lawyer’s Case for Disclosure

Jennifer Goforth Gregory
January 4, 2018

Despite stigma and fears for his career, lawyer Reid Murtaugh decided being open about his bipolar II diagnosis was a vital part of his recovery. By Jennifer Goforth Gregory   Lawyers often write articles for legal journals—about their firms, their cases, or their area of legal expertise. The piece Reid Murtaugh wrote for The Indiana...

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When Is the Best Time to Tell People You Have Bipolar Disorder?

JB Burrage
December 26, 2017

There may not always be a best time to tell someone about your diagnosis: You have to evaluate where you are in the relationship and how much you trust that person. By J.B. Burrage   Dealing with bipolar disorder is already difficult on its own. But when is the right time to tell people that...

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