Hey guys, it’s Hannah. The stereotypes about those of us with bipolar disorder or any mental health condition follow us every time we walk out the door. And I was around downtown today and I’m seeing all these people and it’s like, I have bipolar 2 and I automatically assume that the majority of people have this misconception about who we are. And it just made me think, I want to reveal some of the things that I want people to know about my life living with bipolar 2 disorder that’s probably the opposite of maybe what they think. And I’m hoping a lot of these can relate to you as well. I am an individual. This refers to the generalization of people with a mental health condition. It’s like we’re always being compared to everybody else instead of being looked at as one individual. Just because so-and-so does one thing that may be horrendous, does not mean that that’s the rest of us. And it is unfair and it sucks really. I am NOT weak. I am strong and I should not be looked down upon just because I have bipolar 2 disorder. Yes, I admit my insecurities and my flaws and my imperfections and my emotions but, in my mind, that doesn’t make me weak, it makes me honest. I am capable. I am creative. I had some bumps in the road and definitely face a lot of obstacles sometimes, but I do my best to overcome them. That doesn’t mean that I’m not capable of success. I am NOT a stereotype. I am NOT what you see in the movies; the deranged, weird, evil people. No! That’s for entertainment and this is reality. I once had someone ask me after I came out with my blog, “Have you ever thought about killing someone?” And I was like, not until now I didn’t. I mean, no, I didn’t really say that but that’s what I’m saying is stereotypes are not good for anyone and they really, really hurt us. I am NOT ashamed. I am not ashamed to have bipolar 2 disorder. In fact, I embrace my mental health condition. I think it empowers me. And even though stigma and people in society want me to feel ashamed, I don’t. Obviously, I’m talking about all of us as a community. So it’s really important to share down below in the comment section what you want people to know about your life with bipolar disorder. You know, what you would want to change in people’s minds about mental health conditions. So I look forward to reading those and I will see you next week.

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21 thoughts on “Having Bipolar Disorder Doesn’t Mean We’re All the Same

  1. I would like people to know that I do try everything I can to better myself. I don't want to be in the same situation for the rest of my life because I'm "lazy." I take my meds as directed, exercise, don't drink, and so on. I do all these things, but it's not a magic cure.
    As for being treated like an individual, I once asked the psychiatrist I used to see what my exact diagnosis was. I'd been asking for the last few sessions, but really decided to push this time. She told me I was "a little bit of everything." Yes. And when I asked how she knew what medications to prescribe, she said it didn't really matter because they're all "pretty much the same."
    That's the mental health care system in America. 🙁

  2. That's what I thought social anxiety was, having so many judgements on people they influence my thoughts of lack of understanding of how I should react. I try not to judge people, but I feel I am being judged all the time. This could be stigma or stereotyping, I also see this with my son, he tells me I am judging him and it bothers him.
    I have been doing research to learn how to communicate better, and think it's time to join a group.
    When you finally have the courage to look over the fence, you may not like what you see, and yet I feel I want to understand now that I know what the other side looks like.
    It's common sense when you know little of something to use stigma and stereotyping to fill in your gaps of missing knowledge.

  3. Today I was talking with a Christian friend about me having bipolar. She automatically said I repute that in the name of Jesus. It's set me off the whole day because in her mind having bipolar means have an a demon or a bad spirit or a curse. It can be ridiculous the stereotypes people have so if I were to say one I would say even though I have bipolar that doesn't make me have a negative spirits. And I should not have to be ashamed of my bipolar disorder for it's just a part of who I am. And as a friend said to me once or diagnosis give the name to what we're going through. I really like this video Hannah was a good one I shared it with my friends on Facebook so that I can educate people on Mental Health too.

  4. Hannah your right, we are people to! It always good to put the word out there! A lot people believe we are going to do something that could put us worse situation! I wish we could change that because not all people with bipolar, act that way!

  5. I have ADHD , possible other issues. What I want? I want to work at a place that treats me for my strengths not my weaknesses. Were I am not expected to react like a robot like everyone else. I got a review, the worst one in my life. Half of what was on there was a normal persons expectations. Nothing but the negative was on the review. I am to the point of hitting myself to bruising myself. I can no longer take it. I believe that I will get fired soon, because I do not conform to the normal robot worker. I get2to 3 times stuff done but yet according to the review I am an idiot that cannot figure things out in a timely fashion. Yet, they give me the work no one else can figure out. I am depressed, I am constantly emotional breaking down because of it. I can not go on like this much longer.

  6. I just don't give a shit about what people say about my condition. If anyone got a negative impact on my health I just cut them out if my life. I also learned to say no to people taking advantage of me. It may sound harsh but as a sufferer your health comes first.

  7. Thanks Hannah, this was great. Are you from New York, I thought i heard an East Coast accent 🙂
    @youthinmind appreciates your videos!

  8. I have sczaffective dis and have been told many things by Christians like to I've got demonds and such but Im Christain too! and take offence to that I have a hard time all the time getting told others oppinions about how Christian I am or am not because I have an invisible illness thats not a "physical" illness…its not treated like others!…
    – sorry Im just so tired of being treated different cuz my illness is not good enough for the rest of the world

  9. I am bipolar two and I know that I truely try my hardest at most things I do. my thoughts overpower my life . they consume me. I'm highly tuned to people suffering. ND I'm often disheartened by close family members and friends when they are quick to judge my suffering get and pass it off for being too dramatic. I have had problems with people close to me not taking me seriously. in my life I'm isolated caring for my Autistic epileptic adult son. he doesn't like public places and weather disturbs him. I am loving and funny. I like to cheer people up . but when I'm having a manic episode they chastise me and belittle my efforts to put up with there ignorance. most people don't get it. they just think we should snap out of it. I believe I rapid cycle at times. I've only just self diagnosed myself few weeks ago. from learning on YouTube. I love your videos your AWESOME. THANKS

  10. I m bipolar ll i m not crazy i never killed anyone lol…n i don t know, maybe in the future i ll kill every people that say fu**in shit about bipolar fantastic people 🤔😲🔫 lol i m joke lol

  11. I have been told by multiple health professionals that I am bipolar II. But the first two doctors I went to were comparing my symptoms as a person with bipolar II to those of bipolar I and saying that I couldn't have bipolar and put me on antidepressants which made me much worse. Their skepticism prevented me from seeking help, particularly when they realised I self-harmed in the past. I asked for a psychologist (by the way; my doctor sent me away the first time I came to her asking for a therapist, telling me to 'do my homework' and find one. I was in a new city, could barely function at this stage and just needed her help, not her judgement). It was wonderful to have a therapist; someone who listens without judgement. I apologise I normally avoid ranting; but I know reading people's similar experiences really helped me, so…

  12. For me, I think one of the biggest issues I have is that when I am having trouble dealing with my disorder, people think I am just doing it for attention or that I can simply snap my fingers and get over everything. The truth of the matter is, I usually don't share much about what I deal with on a daily basis because I have faced the heartbreak of being on the receiving end of the stigma that often surrounds having a mental disorder. And such treatment hasn't been from strangers, but came from people who I once considered family. So I think it is awesome that you are being so open and candid about how and who you are where bipolar disorder is concerned.

  13. amen, hannah! oh, and id like people to know im not someone yo be feared and i have feelings just like anyone else. they just can be a little extreme sometimes

  14. You have a gift, Hannah. My respect for using it to help others understand MD/BP. I am in my sixties so have lived with it in silence for decades. My sincere thanks to you for putting yourself out there. MD/BP is a blessing and a curse. I have created great poetry and civil defense strategies using it…but I have also paid the price. I love that you put it in front of the camera. Much respect for that courage and grit.

  15. Omg you made me laugh. I love you Hannah! Thanks for helping people break through stigma! We can stand strong together as individuals

  16. We have emotions outside bipolar as well, people think that when you have a mood disorder and you feel hurt, or sad, because of something that has happened it is because you are bipolar. It is like if they cheat, you get upset, angry, and when you show your emotions, it is because «you’re having an episode» I GET FURIOUS WHEN I HEAR THAT. People with bipolar have emotions as everyone else without having an episode, same goes for everyone with other mental illnesses as well, like everyone with a mental illness deals with this shit and it sucks. They believe all frustration we feel or anger, or sadness, is because of the disorder, not because we are humans that are capable of feeling.

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