Hi am Lori, I found out I had bipolar at 20. My mom was hospitalized most of her married life. She had many issues of mental illness. As I grew older and understood more about bipolar I was surprised to hear of how many people had it as I thought my mom’s secret and mine was not spoken of. I have had mania for months at a time. I was hospitalized at 18 mostly because of depression but also mania.
I have tried to tell people about bipolar and let my friends and family know I have it. It is not a secret anymore. It is not a big thing to people I know to know now I have a mental illness but I have experienced much stigma towards it. I have gone to the local hospital when ill. The treated me like a second class citizen. No respect as if I could defend myself at that time. I am thankful for the help but know that much more can be done.
Mentally ill people need respect. They were not given this condition because they wanted it. Help your family or friends live with their illness more safely and comfort them. This country is not addressing mental illness as it should be. The medicare program pays much more for physical illness than mental illness as if they were not both just as important. I hope that this can change more as I see positive things coming, I just wish I could see better help for these people suffering. It would make everything better if our government and the public gave respect to folks that have this type of disease.
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