(45 sec read) Mania manifests itself very differently person to person, and diagnosis to diagnosis. My manic episodes are nothing like a bipolar 1 friend of mine, other than some underlying physiological responses. So our resulting problems are not similar in practice. Neither is our respective damage control.

Hearing “professionals” describe my mania is always heartbreaking. Though I do know they are just trying to help.

The point? Defining mania at all becomes dangerously bias in my opinion, as is the term bipolar; something science is addressing already. That’s a good sign.

It has been said to me before: If you’ve met one person with bipolar, you’ve met one person with bipolar. Drawing conclusions from this experience gets dicey.

Never mind how Hollywood portrays the struggle; a stigma stoker not helpful.

I am not a mental health or bipolar expert. But I experience the stigma of this word on a daily biases (rapid cycling type 2). Pre and post diagnosis for 25 years.

This doesn’t even include mixed-mania, which often gets lumped into mania socially. These words define my sickness poorly (opinion).

Behind these stigmas are dismissal, fear, and inferiority. Eventually, the patient risks the worst dismissal of all: their own.

Don’t let the stigma define you. And always seek professional help if available.

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