I am sick and tired of the stupidities and ignorance that come out of people’s mouth.
My former best friend told me straight to my face, in public, that “It’s all in my head and I should snap out of it”.
Firstly, of course, it is in my head, where else should you suspect expect a mental illness to be.
Secondly, “Snap out of it”, would he tell a person in a wheelchair to stop its nonsense and walk!
After a cooling down period and a bit a thinking that I realized the negative bias and stigma regarding bipolars. This true regardless of their age, intelligence, culture etc. We are a bi-racial family and I heard idiotic remarks from both side. Ignorance and stupidity don’t have any color, sex or age. What is amazing to me is the fact that when I was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder, everybody was fine with it. But when I was diagnosed with Bipolarity and told my close “friend”, the perception changed as well as their behaviors.
Frankly, I do not comprehend why. It is not a contagious disease, we are harmless, it doesn’t make us violent. The only people in danger are ourselves and what we can do, which ranges from self-mutilation to suicide and anything in between.
It dawned on me that people will not change until they understand what the illness is all about. We have to break the stigmas ourselves, they won’t make the effort, we have to be proactive if we want to restore our dignity in society and the advantages that come along with it. Jobs where we can express ourselves with our different mindsets and views, our creativity and all the attributes that they don’t possess.
We have to be united and have a voice. The web is a fantastic vector but we need more. I am planning to contact several NGO, the WHO and the University Hospital of Geneva and few foundations dealing with mental illness. But before I do so (I live about 2 hours away from Geneva) I need to have a stronger blog. Having said that, I think that I am off to a good start!
Peace and serenity