How Do You Explain Bipolar to People?
How do you explain to the people around you that you have Bipolar Disorder without just saying its big mood swings? Once i say that, they don't take it seriously and just assume everyone is..I don't see it as a joke like they do and I'm frustrated with it.
I prefer the old term "Manic Depression" to describe it. It's much closer to the mark than "bipolar" which many ignorant people think just means mood swings or even 2 personalities/ split personality. That said, your going to encounter many who don't understand, are judgmental, or just don't care to try to understand until they have to deal with a close friend family member that has it. Those brave enough to be open about their diagnosis have the burden of educating the ignorant and naive public about the disorder. Don's waste your time trying to explain to people you know wont take you seriously. That just leads to frustration and resentment. Save the explanation for those that really care to know. You can lend them a book - like The Biplor Survival Guide, or An Unquiet Mind. You could refer them to a website like this one. If they don't care enough about you to look at one of those things, then they are not worth your effort and you should put your attention on people who are more caring. And if you can find a way to connect with others with BP then you will build your confidence and self-esteem.
Wishing you Well,