You Are More than a Diagnosis

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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:

  • Psycho
  • Insane
  • Crazy
  • Nutter-I’m guilty of this one sometimes!
  • Lunatic

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!

Photo by Andrew Thornebrooke on Unsplash

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