Bipolar, Personal History, Stigma

Bipolar is My Elephant in the Room: Let me introduce you.

(Originally published on www.woundedbirdsministry.com) Sharing my bipolar diagnosis is terrifying. Questions circle my mind: Will they understand it? Will they accept it? Will they remain in my life? The stigma of mental illness is so colossal and tenacious that people become uneasy discussing mental illness, let alone trying to understand it. To be stigmatized is to be shamed, disgraced,… Read More Bipolar is My Elephant in the Room: Let me introduce you.

Bipolar, Stigma

Living with bipolar is messy, and Enlightened is a series worth watching

“You’re a mental patient.” These four words were used as a weapon. Those words cut me to the core when I heard actor James Rebhorn spit these words out to actress Laura Dern in the HBO series Enlightened. With those four words, he undermined all she was working for to make positive changes and help others. He… Read More Living with bipolar is messy, and Enlightened is a series worth watching

Stigma

The Mentally Ill are Taking the Fall for Gun Violence.

Are You Brave Enough to Stand Up for Them? In the aftermath of yet another senseless school shooting, the masses cry out. Not only is gun control one of the first discussion points, so is mental illness. Because, you know, (inject sarcasm) that’s the single most comprehensible explanation for anyone to commit such an atrocity! I have bipolar,… Read More The Mentally Ill are Taking the Fall for Gun Violence.