Bipolar Disorder is viewed by many as a taboo subject not fit for polite conversation. While many patients with bipolar disorder do want to keep their privacy about health matters, they should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their illness when they feel it is necessary. Open conversations about bipolar disorder can help the patient and their loved ones better cope with the condition.
I was recently at a national mental health meeting. The conversation was interesting, the networking helpful. But unfortunately, what I took away from the meeting was an awareness of a problem we have in the mental health consumer community. During the meeting, there was a special “invitation only” meeting for consumers. Several…