For a long time, no one knew the cause of Bipolar Disorder, and it was hard to diagnose. Medications had a hit or miss success rate. Treatment options for individuals diagnosed with the disorder were limited at best. There wasn't a very strong bright side to bipolar disorder. But more is being learned every day.
My name is Ann. I am unapologetically open and public about my bipolar disorder diagnosis. I have a few thoughts on the matter of the associated stigma, and because I'm not the only person who deals with the challenges of facing a judgmental world, I share many of those thoughts with you here in this website.
There are a lot of people in my life who suggest that I not put my face out there, asking, "do you really want to be that public?" The answer is, "No, I really don't."
But I want to help make a dent in public perspective on the disorder. Media in our culture reflects the extreme and violent mental health cases, such as the theatre shooting at the Batman premier, and other incidents.
I want to show another face - the one that is more common. The peaceful, loving, caring, and giving people... who on occasion suffer from periods of extreme difficulty.