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

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 involving my condition, I try to use it to propel me into a mindset of staying in touch with my self-confidence and healthy pride. By Carol Borrelli   Unfortunately, in life, sometimes there are those that we encounter who will use our bipolar disorder diagnosis against us. This is...

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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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Colds and Mental Health Conditions Are More Alike Than You May Think

Erika Nielsen
May 4, 2018

Mental health conditions are just as difficult to endure as physical health conditions, but why are they so much more difficult to talk about?   By Erika Nielsen   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,...

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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.   By April Michael   I have encountered a lot of people who have wanted to stigmatize me for having a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Sometimes it felt...

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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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