I spent years evolving, just as many of us do, and over time I have learned a lot about myself. Some of those things have changed the trajectory of my life. One of them is my bipolar disorder and I gave many years of my life pretending to the outside world that I was “normal” and not dealing with the myriad of issues that come along with this pain in the a**. I’m here to tell you that for me it became critical to be open and honest about who I am and where I’m at.
Mind you, that doesn’t mean I tell everyone I meet and I don’t volunteer the information but if I think someone needs to know I’m open about it. Especially if someone brings up the subject of mental illness, then I’ll generally pitch in with some sort of comment about my own experience. Usually I leave out details unless I’m asked but I am open. To me the most important part of sharing my story is the potential to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. it’s crucial that we have a dialog about this and I’m happy to be a part of helping to make that happen. Hell, if someone looks me up online it’s not hard to find my blog, so frankly I’m pretty damn open in the most real sense. But I’m grateful for the opportunity.
All I know is that if I pretend I don’t have this disorder it does no one any good. It’s important for me to be true to myself. In all ways and always. I hope you are able to do the same.