Patient discussion about confession
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Q. How can I confess to my girlfriend that I am bipolar?
Not that it really matters, since I cannot attract a woman to save my life, but I was wondering if there is ever a good time to say, "Hey, I am bipolar" and anticipate the reaction. As a bipolar man who is looking for some love and sex, how should I handle the topic, if at all?
|A1||Thanks JennJ. I think you're right about the group mentality. Thanks.|
|A2||Amylove I am sorry to hear that people in all places a church were so insensitive to you. This is what I talk about when I say that I have learned so much about how to talk to other people. Mental illness is often an invisable minority and you never know... When you say something or do something to always be thoughtful and think to yourself if I say this is someone going to be triggered by it? It is thoughtless of people to laugh at situations such as mental health issues, however i think that people do it because they are anxous, uneducated and at times it has to do with a mob mentality... People in groups often do and say things out of charactor because it is what they feel they are expected to do.. With age, experience and maturity this fades for most. Try not to take it too personally....|
You dont have to find someone with a mental illness to partner with you just have to look for someone open and patient and kind..
|A3||(cont'd) illness. I talked to my therapist and she said something similar to what Christo said: "Why would you want to be defined in terms of your mental health?" She went on to say she supposed 90% of the population have some form of mental problem, whether it's diagnosed or not or classified as a mental illness or not. That really helped me to not feel as "other" that I tend to feel with a label such as bipolar. Instead, I see myself on a spectrum of mental health and I just have a better understanding of where I stand on that spectrum than most people. I think Jenn is right again: education is the key.|
The video about whether one is born with bipolar or not has two answers. I learned about the ancient theory of the Four Temperaments (check wikipedia.org) and in this case, some temperaments (inborn personality traits) are more prone to the bipolar diagnosis. On the other hand, a geneticist said in a recent article, Genetics plays 50% in the equation of d
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