Do you think bipolar disorder has been accepted in the United States?
There was a lot of information put out about bipolar disorder starting over 20 years ago. I am wondering if that helped bring some understanding to the disorder.
Is there less stigma? What do you think?
I think people understand a lot more than they did 20 years ago.
I have an aunt who is bipolar and she had a difficult time with stigma.
Now everybody knows and it’s not even a thing.
I think bipolar is more fashionable than sz.
That’s what I was wondering.
Someone needs to start educating the public about schizophrenia and debunking myths. That would sure help a lot.
I would say still stigmatized. In canada the only accepted ones are prob depression and anxiety.
Throughout the years ive had people point out someone to me saying something like “you know so and so? Shes bipolar, shes crazy” and stuff like that.
Meanwhile they have no idea about me
That would hurt my feelings, but maybe I’m overly sensitive .
I had someone say her SIL has bipolar because she yelled at her and threw salad at her. I started talking to the woman and found out that the her SIL has no diagnosis. I remembered that conversation after I made my posts in this thread.
Im a hardened individual lol im not very easily offended.
The term bipolar and schizophrenic is still used in society erroneously. You see it used to explain behaviors that refer more to split personalities. It’s bothersome because it shows people don’t truly understand these illnesses.
Here politicians like to use the term sz to insult other parties.
I think people associates bipolar with being creative. I don’t know where that comes from though??
Some people are very creative in mania.
Ok! So there is some truth in it.
I think the people are starting to realize that bipolar leads to all sorts of aspects of our society. A lot of people go through bipolar periods in their lives. Like Jonathan and speedy were saying, I think that a lot of creativity stems from it
In western countries it is somewhat accepted or perspective improving if not fully accepted. But here in subcontinent it is associated to all sorts of ridicule. Ranging from possessed to character flaw to irresponsible to destitute to mindlessness to nonsense etc… So we rather not disclose to even closest of friends or relations… Even family needs some education which they don’t care to have learning about it. It needs to break and there has to be some awareness of it.
Im fairly certain I have bipolar and not schizophrenia, and that the label schizophrenia has been a source of discrimination and hatred of me for being who i am.
What makes you think you were misdiagnosed?
I would expect that people would prefer cash, debit, or credit card.
It can be if you let it. Or you can push back.
I think there is much more public awareness about biopolar.
But I think because it’s misunderstood as mood swings and a character flaw ignorantly, while it’s just as severe/complex as SZ.
But with SZ, the public immediately think dangerous.