I literally cringe when I see that people describe themselves with derogatory psychiatric terms or with mental illness diagnoses.
It is not embarrassment for them that I feel. I just feel pain that they cannot see what is beautiful about themselves. They are, in a sense, internalizing the stigma held by others and themselves.
For instance, I wanted to connect with a blogger today, but when I saw her email address, I felt a lot of sadness.
No two people with Bipolar Disorder, or any disorder, are the same. We are all uniquely different.
Calling yourself any of these names is heartbreaking:
- Nutter-I’m guilty of this one sometimes!
I’m sure there are more that I could have listed, but I think you get the idea.
I remember how I felt when people treated me like any of the words listed above. That is why I cringe. It’s painful.
You can’t control how other people treat you, but you can start treating yourself better.
You are always going to be more complex and dynamic than your diagnosis.
I hope that you can see how beautiful you are.
Be kind to yourself!