Worst Thing You Have Dealt With Because You Are Mentally Ill

Question. What’s the worst experience you’ve had with another person because you have Bipolar Disorder or any mental illness? What form of stigma? Was it from a friend, family, co-worker, etc? Was it a hurtful remark, someone undeserving being promoted over you at work? Was it due to ignorance or just plain gossip or even cruelty? Have you moved passed it? How did you stand up for yourself? Did you? And if you managed forgiveness, how?

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9 thoughts on “Worst Thing You Have Dealt With Because You Are Mentally Ill

  1. I was living in a Hell hole of an apartment and six months out of my first of eight visits to the psych ward at the VA. There were cockroaches in the stove and the wind came under the cracks in the windows. I had a fulltime job in the mailroom of the federal government’s center for veterans’ benefits. I drank alone in a bar at night. I visited my parents on weekends in northern Wisconsin. My friends never called me. One friend knocked on my door in the middle of the night just to say hello. It brings tears to my eyes to remember that. My other best friend never even phoned me. I was in the depth of my despair. The friend who did not phone made up for this a thousand times over. He has had me to professional basketball and baseball games, asked me to go golfing, and invited me to parties. I have forgiven him a thousand times over. Still, I remember the pain. He is one of my dearest friends and I dream about him often. As for my job, all my coworkers know I am mentally ill. I am trusted with thousands of dollars daily. In my hometown in northern Wisconsin, I was excluded from parties. In A.A. meetings, I talk about my mental illness all the time. No on thinks anything of it. They treat me like I did not have it. I am out of the closet at church, too. I am starting to think the stigma is baloney.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

      Interesting point about church. That’s where I’ve been hurt the most. I had friends at a church until it came out about my BP Disorder, and I lost those friends instantly.

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  2. It is not a fault of your character. I almost take pride in my illnesses because I overcame them. You should not feel ashamed because you are mentally ill. People see instantly what you are trying to hide. For many years, my illness was written all over my face. Not so now. People can’t tell I’m mentally ill. I tell them anyway.

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