Edited for the many typos and grammatical mistakes. Lol Sorry about that. But even still, you get what I am saying-hopefully. Lol
Here is the deal, I too,am bipolar and it sucks and all that jazz..but the thing is I do understand how much the word bipolar is misused in the wrong context (for all intents and purposes, bipolar does mean extremities of the poles, don’t believe me? Look it up.) and instead it refers back onto others that have the disorder instead.
Also, it doesn’t help that mental illnesses aren’t accepted/well understood by the general media/society in general, so it makes it harder to accept something as life changing as that.
It’s something that has us in denial, that has us self medicating just because we believe it will fix us. There is no shame in admitting you have a mental illness or even needing help for that matter.
You shouldn’t be made to feel bad because of something you couldn’t control (genetic wise usually). But the thing is, because of this misuse in the general public collective, it’s bound to bounce off on the public itself and they will misuse it sadly.
The important thing to see is the intent.
I too, have heard bipolar misused by my friends(good friends and even my bf at times) but the important thing was that I told them why it hurt me and why it was unacceptable and guess what? They changed.
The important thing for me is the intent and yes, I’ve had the label bipolar used against me purposefully to hurt me. That I can’t forgive, but what I can forgive is ignorance(like them calling their teenage moods bipolar or putting bad behavior on it) and then trying to help them learn from it.
I won’t lie, I get hurt by it but these people are my friends and I know at one time or another, we all say something thoughtless without fully understanding the consequences. I know I have (when I wasn’t bipolar or even bipolar). The important thing is own up to the actions and learn from them and help them see the errors of their ways.
So, as long as it’s not an intent to actually actually hurt, I don’t see any problem. Yes, it may hurt but if we all realize that we aren’t perfect and we all make mistakes and try to help each other out, we’ll be good in the end, I hope so ;3
I can see a problem if they don’t change their ways, but if your friends care for you, they will. If they don’t..then you know who are your real friends. Believe me, it has happened to me so many times.
I know who they are, seriously.