Do you worry that people will think you are dangerous if they find out you have a mental illness?

Do you worry that people will think you are dangerous if they find out you have a mental illness?

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I hate that you had to ask this question, but I understand why. Stereotypes are running our lives and have the potential to ruin them. The ball is in your court; however, and knowing how to respond will help.

One action you can take is to talk openly about your treatment and how you’re feeling more positive or optimistic about life. Yes, we go through our ups and downs. As bipolar sufferers, those ups and downs can be dramatic. I do not think it’s important to convince people that you are normal. Instead, show them that you’re responding to treatment. If someone does think you’re dangerous, have them read up on your mental illness. If it’s feasible, ask them to talk with your doctor. They will end up with a better grasp on what you’re going through and hopefully gain more understanding on how to treat you as a person.

I’ll admit, I am often afraid someone will misunderstand me because of my diagnoses. I am afraid they will place me in a box and keep me at a distance or pity me or treat me different in any way than they would another person. There’s little else we can do to change these people. The focus should be you working on you and the naysayers will follow suit when they see that you’re progressing.

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