More and more I have met people in my community who have been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Most seem apprehensive and unwilling to admit their disability because of the stigma attached to mental illness. I find this sad and worrisome. How are we to live normal healthy lives if we are afraid to seek help for our illness?
So many times in the last year I have had to console someone who has been diagnosed with clinical depression or bipolar disorder. They come to me because I am one of the few people who have allowed their diagnosis to be widely known in the community. I try not to be afraid of what people may say or do. I comfort these fellow sufferers and let them know what to expect from their illness. But most of all, I let them know that they are not alone. My heart goes out to these people; they seem so lost and forsaken. In reality this illness is not a one-way ticket to the Looney Bin. Manic Depression can be dealt with in a normal and sane manner. People must be made aware of how to take care of themselves, seek proper treatment and properly administer their medications.