Use of the word "bipolar" in every day language

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   Posted 2/15/2006 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever noticed how much the word "bipolar" is used in casual conversations?  People used the word almost interchangeably with the word "crazy".  Someone will say something like "That peson is so weird I think he is bipolar or something".  When really the person does not have bipolar disorder at all. 
Sometimes I feel bad having a disorder that people associate with the word "crazy".  It also irritates me that people are so ignorant to use the word "bipolar" in such a casual way.  Most people don't know that I have bipolar disorder and have no idea that they are offending me.  Sometimes I try to educate people, but I don't always have time.  I always feel tempted to tell these people "I have bipolar disorder, and I am not anything like that."  Except that I don't want to tell people I barely even know that I have bipolar disorder.  I probably shouldn't let people like this bother me because they really don't even know what they are saying.

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   Posted 2/15/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jade,  You are exactly right in what you are saying, I have noticed this also.  I don't have BP, but someone close to me does and I have worked in the mental health field for many yrs with people with schizophrenia, bipolar, you name I have seen it. 
Bipolar has been one of the most diagnosed mental disorders within the last 10 years.  Statics say that one out of every four people will have a mental condition and at least 40% of those are diagnosed as bipolar.  This is a lot of people.  The type of people that make these comments are very obviously uneducated, and ignorant regarding what they are saying and other peoples feelings.  All I can say is try not to take ownership for their bad behavior.

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   Posted 2/15/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jade :) I know what you mean. My Mom works for the Mental Health Clinic that I go to, and I have come to know alot of people that work around her. None of them knew I was Bipolar until one day I was having a really tough day with cycling, so I went up there and a lady she knows asked me if I was sick. Being in the mood I was in... I just said "Yeah, I am Bipolar". She laughed and thought I was joking with her as she began saying that her family kids her all the time that she must be Bipolar bc of her moods. After her remarks, I simply said 'I really am' and walked away. She was speechless when she talked to my mom later and my mom told her that I wasnt kidding around. Of course, I wasnt feeling near as awkward as the lady the next time I saw her.
I usually keep in mind that people make uneducated remarks about stuff they know nothing about... and when they poke fun about being Bipolar, I just enjoy their reactions when I make comments about being Bipolar myself. As with that lady, I think those are the moments that they learn a valuable lesson to think before they speak. I never knew that embarrassment could bring about so many shades of red LOL
"I doubt sometimes whether a quiet and unagitated life would have suited me--- yet, I sometimes long for it."   ~Byron

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