Being Honest With Others About Your Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

To Tell or Not To Tell, That Is The Question?”

As you ease back into your life you’re gonna start to wonder who you should tell that you’ve been diagnosed with the Bipolar Disorder and are now on medication to treat it.

Or that you had spent some time in a mental institute (I spent 3 months in Queen Street Mental Health Centre and wasn’t allowed outside for over a month.)

For some people this is a very touchy subject.

Something that really stresses them out.

Should you tell people or not?

Some people will only tell the people who they see and hang out with all the time.

This to them is their closest friends and family.

Keeping the information enclosed within a tight group of trusted individuals.

People they care about.
People who care about them.
People they feel comfortable with.

Individuals who probably came by and visited them within the hospital or when they got home.

For me I did the opposite of that.

I pretty much told everyone.

I didn’t stand there like the town crier screaming this information to all the people in the public square.

But I did have honest, heartfelt conversations with the people I knew and met in my daily affairs.

I didn’t want to keep secrets.
I didn’t want to feel embarrassed.
I didn’t want to feel ashamed about what had happened.
I didn’t want to feel like there were two different worlds that I lived in.

A dualistic way of life philosophy wasn’t something that I was interested in thank you very much.

I found that by approaching my illness this way helped in my healing process.

I had nothing to hide or feel bad about and that’s always a good thing when it comes down to your healing journey with Bipolar Disorder.

In my chats and conversations with people about me and the illness I found a strange thing happening.

I felt strong and empowered.

But this wasn’t the most interesting thing that I found.

I’ve probably talked to countless hundreds of people about Bipolar Disorder and my history with it.

And inevitably, the people who I talked to about it, who reveal to me in hushed tones that they either had a family member or friend who had been diagnosed with the illness. Or even they two were living with Bipolar Disorder.

They all had questions.
They all had concerns.
They all had fears.

I found that my honesty liberated them and helped them heal.

I saw that any pain that they were holding onto around the illness slowly disappeared right before my eyes the more we talked.

And I helped them reconcile within their own minds, and give them a new view of hope that they could live in a world where either themselves or their loved ones could function normally, and live healthy, happy lives on and off medication.

So again this is a touchy subject.

Follow your heart and do what works best for you.

Bipolar Buddha - Ian Paul Marshall
Sending BIG LOVE!

Ian (The Bipolar Buddha)