31 Days of Bipolar, Day 10: Coming Out of the Mental Health Closet

After coming back from internet-free holidays with family, I now continue with the 31 days of Bipolar! (And have a lot of great new post designs)

Do you tell people you’re bipolar? Why/why not?

Erm, well, considering I have a blog telling complete strangers intimate details about living with Bipolar, I think it’s safe to assume that I tell people.

With mental illness being so common and openly spoken about in my family, I guess the idea of not telling people was never an option. Rather, when I became diagnosed with anxiety and was being treated for that, I wasn’t open about it as I saw no reason to go out of my way to explain it.

But eventually, a little way into being treated for anxiety, I got to know the statistics, and I learnt that not everyone had an upbringing like mine. I hoped that by being open about my struggles with anxiety, others would feel better about talking about their own issues.

And while I faltered for a little after being diagnosed with Bipolar, in the end I knew what was right for me and continued being honest.

All of my family is aware, my friends were told first, my boyfriend was told before he even asked me out, I let my teachers at university know, and so on.

I understand this is a difficult thing for many to do, but I believe in being the change I want to see in the world.

Thoughts?

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