So, there’s this post from Hazel Hillboro that I read last night that really got to me. All about “revolution in the way society treats mental health.” I’ve linked it below.
If you’re reading this right now, you’re alive. Well, unless literate ghosts are real. What if someone really famous is reading this over my shoulder right now, like George Washington or Tupac?! I hope it’s George. He knows a lot about revolutions. We need a revolution in the way society treats mental health. We’re headed there, we’re […]
Now, here’s my reaction. Whoa.
I’ve spent most of the last 6 years diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, severe, and I’ve been really open about it. I never felt any shame or like I had to hide it from people. Well, except for when applying to jobs; then I felt the pressure to keep quiet because I feared not getting the job or being seen as unreliable.
Then, about a month or two ago, my psychiatrist either added to or switched my diagnosis. Suddenly I was hearing words like “mixed state of bipolar.” I think I was scared to ask questions about it, hence why I don’t know if it’s my new diagnosis, replacing the old depression diagnosis, or if it’s an addition. Guys, I have been hesitant when bringing it up, even within my family. That’s not like me. When talking to my work about taking time off a couple weeks ago I told them I struggle with Major Depression and Bipolar but I definitely hesitated for a moment before saying bipolar. I was scared. I was scared of the stigma that other people have and the stigma that I myself might have had. It’s frustrating and it makes me angry and sad all at the same time.
So I agree with Hazel. We need a revolution. I do think that focusing on depression and anxiety is incredibly important. But so too is focusing on bipolar and other mental illnesses that are feared and put off to the side.