A Bit Bipolar

Sitting in the room with the other two people who had come in to have lunch I felt claustrophobic. I thought I was going to be able to eat alone but that thought quickly vanished.

I wasn’t having a particularly good day and I just wanted to be alone.

I could hear their conversation and was trying hard to lose myself in my book.

“I think he’s having a bad day, he’s being a bit bipolar, don’t you think?”

Seriously?

“He’s off his meds today so I guess we all have to suffer.”

Cue laughter, mass hysteria, because they. are. so. funny.

I pinched myself and closed my eyes. Just for a second.

Newsflash… you aren’t just a bit bipolar and you can’t just flip it on and off when you’re having “a bad day.”

Bad days are what we try to avoid, what we hope doesn’t overwhelm us when we wake up in the morning, and it usually doesn’t last for just one day.

I know, they were just kidding.

It was just a joke, why do you have to be so serious all the time?

I don’t.

But when it comes to mental illness awareness and the stigma attached to it, I do.

And you never know when there is someone sitting a handshake away from you who IS BIPOLAR or is suffering, hanging on by a thread, or happens to know exactly what it feels like to fight for their life.

Think before you speak.

And educate yourself.

Compassion and empathy go a long way.

A long way.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to A Bit Bipolar
  1. Nic
    June 1, 2015 | 11:34 am

    This really REALLY upsets me. We really do need to fight for a more inclusive and sensitive world. This kind of conversation is not one you should have over heard especially among coworkers and educated people. I guess even the educated ones could use to learn more!

  2. Lyla Jackson
    June 1, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    I hate when people sit near you when you want to be alone. xoxo

  3. Carrie Baughcum
    June 3, 2015 | 4:59 am

    Sighhhhh how tough that must have been. I totally get the want to be alone feeling and then on top of it to hear two people be so insensitive. We only change the stigma of illness or disability by changing the way we talk about it. There are so many different way they could have talked about that person or laughed about that person and it did not have to be so insensitive and mean.

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