Originally, I started this blog when I was still in a manic fever. I was coming down from my third psychotic episode. My goal then (and it still is) was to change the way people viewed and stereotyped bipolar and mentally ill people. I was tired of hiding my gifts and I think a part of me was still feeling grandiose when I believed writing this blog would really make a HUGE difference to MILLIONS of people world-wide, bipolar or not.
I also had some major issues I really wanted to change.
- The process of hospitalization for those that are mentally ill STILL NEEDS to change! Too many people are demoralized and traumatized by it.
- The school system HAS GOT to develop a better atmosphere for children to grow up in a BULLY FREE environment!!! Those that have a mental disorder cannot get the help they need when children are raised to ridicule those that are thought to be different. Parents are also at fault here.
- The Stigma against the mentally ill is still prevalent because too many people still do not feel safe in divulging to friends, family, and acquaintances that they have a mental illness. Why should we hide…because society still makes US feel ashamed for something as hereditary as the color of our skin? NOOO!!! We MUST change that!! Start small and work your way up the ladder when it is the right time for you or your loved ones to do so. EVERYONE should speak out against the Stigma, not just those that have the mental illness!!!
I’m sure more issues that led and keep leading me to write in this blog will surface as I go, but those three are the major areas I dream of helping in making a difference. I know now that my grandiose thoughts of changing the minds of MILLIONS of people were far-fetched, but helping even one person gain their voice to “bring change to mind” will at least be something I can be proud of because it will start the process that will spread when that person helps another and that person helps another….I truly believe one person really can make a difference. It just might take time.
I write this blog now not just to advocate for bipolar and the mentally ill rights, but for people to see that a person who is bipolar will struggle, but can also live a purposeful, loving, and happy life.