Mental illess

megirl

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In my everyday life and in general people tend to describe people experiencing mental illness that they are their mental illness,
e.g megirl is bipolar. I aren't my illness.
Its the same as someone saying megirl is diabetes.
No I have an identity
Yes I suffer from bipolar and BPD
I am a dog lover, I am female, I am a new Zealander.
Thats who I am.
I aren't insulted by peoples comments I dont like to be defined by my illness.
A friend the day told me her son 'is bipolar' I corrected her and said hats not who he is.
I said it kindly and she was most apologetic. She hadnt realised her mistake.
Hope that helps
:grouphug:
 
Midnight.Panda

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Hey megirl, I agree with you 100%! We are more than our illnesses. It's something we have -- not our identity. Most people don't realise that even the slightest change in their wording would have a world of difference. This is something that I have to remember myself as well!
 
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I sometimes find I label myself without knowing it, just refering to myself as a loner. Saves me listing out a bunch of my MH problems.
But I shouldn't really label myself that either. Good post. :hug:
 
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I agree. I am not bipolar, I have bipolar disorder.

It's a perception thing I guess. My daughter has autism and I said the same sort of thing to someone who refers to the whole autistic community as "We autistics". (Not just herself, but speaking on behalf of everyone in the world with autism.) She was really insulted because apparently (according to her) the whole autistic community believes that since it colors everything in their lives that it is them, there's nothing really more of them beyond that.

Well, for me, I really hope there's a lot more to me than my funky brain chemicals.
 
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Thats sad people view the world in this way. Yes we are so much more than our illness.
We need to cherish who we actually are and not define ourselves through
our diagnosis.
 
megirl

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Thats sad people view the world in this way. Yes we are so much more than our illness.
We need to cherish who we actually are and not define ourselves through
our diagnosis.
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In my everyday life and in general people tend to describe people experiencing mental illness that they are their mental illness,
e.g megirl is bipolar. I aren't my illness.
Its the same as someone saying megirl is diabetes.
No I have an identity
Yes I suffer from bipolar and BPD
I am a dog lover, I am female, I am a new Zealander.
Thats who I am.
I aren't insulted by peoples comments I dont like to be defined by my illness.
A friend the day told me her son 'is bipolar' I corrected her and said hats not who he is.
I said it kindly and she was most apologetic. She hadnt realised her mistake.
Hope that helps
:grouphug:
Megirl, you are good. You point out the mistake that everybody makes.
Beside mental illness, I notice that people will limit themselves by their job status, financial status....

We are more than that, the most important thing is we are human...
We are born to experience things.
Although there are some unhappy things happen, the things cannot just take away our inner joyy...

We must always have self-awarenesss....
I am bipolar
Re-frame: I am currently suffer in bipolar, but I still can decide my dayy...

I think I need to always practise myself, until I can totally accept who I am, instead of just focusing on my illness only..

Thank yo!