Hey guys, it’s Hannah. Being a woman and living with bipolar disorder. Okay! So I know both men and women face challenges when you live with a mental health condition but some of them are very different
and they do pertain to our gender. So all you men out there, please
comment below or do a response video and share the difficulties that you face living with bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety
that more pertain to your gender. Okay. So as a woman living with bipolar 2 disorder, a lot of my emotional reactions have always been pointed towards the fact that I am a woman which prevented me from receiving treatment. You know. “Oh! It’s a girl thing.”
“It’s that time of the month.” Ladies, how many times have we heard that,
with or without a condition? You know, “She’s a teenage girl.
This is what they go through.” “Women are dramatic and overly emotional.” And so I would think a lot of times
that those extreme mood swings and emotions really just had to do with the fact
that I was a woman more so than I actually had a condition
that needed to be treated. A major difficulty that I faced
as a woman living with bipolar disorder is that bipolar is used more as an
adjective to describe irrational, out-of-control, psychotic women more so
than it is referred to as a condition. And about a week ago, I was at a social event. And when somebody asks me,
“What do you do for a career?” I say I’m in media
and I’m a mental health advocate. I do not say that I have bipolar disorder
because that does not define me. It’s really interesting the things you hear
after you say that. And the guy pointed to his girlfriend and said:
“Well, I think she has bipolar.” And I said, “Well, why do you think that?” And he said, “Oh, she’s always overreacting and emotional and everything.” And I kind of looked at him and said: “But wait a minute.
Do you really think she has bipolar disorder?” He was using it as an adjective, basically, to point out his girlfriend’s overreaction
to the things that he says, in my opinion. And I want to hear what you guys have to say.
So, again, please share your thoughts. I have had more women come to me
talking to me about their relationships with a man with bipolar disorder. I think as nurturers, women, we’re more likely
to engage with men who have the condition versus men engaging with women
who have bipolar disorder. I’ve heard men say about me, chicks are crazy to begin with so forget even…
I don’t care how good she looks, I’m never gonna date a chick with
bipolar disorder. They’re more likely to like not even give it a chance because they’re thinking to themselves, “I can barely handle a woman’s emotions naturally,
so forget a bipolar woman.” I want to hear your responses, women and men, what you think about the
gender roles that we play as well as living with a mental health condition
like bipolar disorder. So I look forward to all of those. And I will see you next week. Bye.