I was diagnosed with bipolar in 1999 after psychosis and schizophrenia diagnosis. It has been hard because prior to receiving any diagnosis, I discovered that I was pregnant. So during much trial and error, my daughter has had to endure some instability. I only disclose my illness to those close to me, because of the intense stigma. Some people assume a high level of intelligence negates the possibility of someone having a mental illness. Not so. I have experienced the awkwardness of hearing the labels placed on the mentally ill. I am officially tired of it. So I don’t care who knows that I am bipolar, because I am still human.
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