*Disclaimer: None of the following words are meant to be offensive or anything of the sort.*
It has been brought to our attention by more than one person that some might find the title of our website offensive and/or contributing to the stigma being labeled “Bipolar”.
As many of you already know, and possibly advocate for, there is a large movement to say “We are Not Bipolar, We HAVE Bipolar.” … “We are not the illness, we have the illness.” and “The illness does not define us.” Which I agree with all of the above.
However, in my (not necessarily the right) opinion, I think it is what it is. Yes, I have bipolar. But even when referring to my illness or telling people what illness I have, I still say it, “I’m bipolar.” The words just come out like that. But I am. As am I Depressed, Manic, Anxious, OCD … Bipolar just happens to be one of those illnesses where us with bipolar don’t really have an actual “Title”.
Those with Diabetes are Diabetics
Those with Cancer are usually called Cancer Patients
Those with Aids are referred to as HIV Positive
Depression Sufferers are just called Depressed.
If you have Schizophrenia you are referred to as Schizophrenic
I think the problem is grammatical really. I mean what is Bipolar, a noun? a verb? an adjective? Well according to Dictionary.com;
Having or relating to two poles or extremities
– a sharply bipolar division of affluent and underclass
Relating to or occurring in both North and South polar regions
– bipolar species
(of psychiatric illness) Characterized by both manic and depressive episodes, or manic ones only
(of a person) Suffering from bipolar disorder
So … I can be pretty, I can be funny, I can be ugly, I can be annoying.
Why can’t I be bipolar?
What are your thoughts on this?