A health exam can be a stressful time for someone with bipolar. In my experience, situations like a doctor’s office where my chart reveals my diagnosis can lead to prejudicial treatment at times. I’ll tell the bodily symptom of my complaint; and see a small smile play at the corner of the nurse or doctor’s lips.
You are now entering the Bipolar Zone.
Any story you tell is a break from reality
Any emotion is theater
Any confidence is self aggrandizement
It’s as if they have in ear buds and can’t hear you.
What to do?
1. Meditate before you go
2. Ask questions calmly as possible
3. Speak your truth
4. Bring a list of your questions/concerns
5. Bring a relative or close friend
6. Role play what you want to say beforehand with someone close to you
What is your experience with stigma? What advice would you give?
It’s Manic Monday and that’s good news! Thanks for reading and commenting. -Rebecca