It’s a struggle having BiPolar (or any mental illness) and knowing when to tell someone is tricky.
On one hand we have nothing to be ashamed of and on the other hand it is our right to not disclose.
And if we had a third hand; let’s be honest, most people would freak out (about BiPolar) or their eyes glaze over or they say they are fine but secretly they are remembering all those reports on the news about that kid with BiPolar that went nuts and stabbed 20 people and how in nearly every cop show the killer has BiPolar.
So when do we tell people?
Starting a new job – Do we tell the boss, even if we are medicated and stable?
Meeting a new friend – do we tell them straight away or wait to see if they are the type to be ok with it?
Dating a new person – do we want them to run before we finish our first date or do we keep it in until they fall in love with us and it’s too hard to just walk away?
When is the right time to tell someone you have BiPolar Disorder? Why is it ok to say “I have diabetes” or “I have epilepsy” but BiPolar and mental illness is still so taboo?
Oh sorry did you think there were answers here?
No I’m putting the question out there because I have no idea…
When do you tell?