Wouldn't it be good if we bipolars, like the gay community, could just "come out of the closet" and get on with our lives. If only it was that simple! Society isn't ready for us to be an integral part of their world.
Eric's recent post, in reference to his book, touched on this topic and it got my wheels turning. He basically said that people's perceptions quickly change toward us once they realize we have a mental illness. So it's best to keep it to ourselves. I could not agree more - I've experienced it many times.
My family, of course, knows...and a few friends are privy to my illness. Some acquaintences have heard it thru the grapevine. It really doesn't matter to me who has knowledge of my illness. But it's not my style to go around telling the world. As a matter of fact, it's refreshing sometimes to talk to strangers who have no idea that I have bipolar.
They treat me with respect.
I'd love to open that closet door and shout it to the world, but somehow it's not in the cards, at least not now.
If someone outright asks me, I usually say that I have depression, which is true. The word "bipolar" often makes people shirk away and then get caught up in their world of discrimination and stigma.
It's not an easy problem, and I'd be interested in hearing your insights/experiences re: "coming out"