bi-polar

Canada
April 24, 2008 12:02am CST
I have had many friends that are bi-polar or who act like they are bi-polar but would never admit to being bi-polar. Do you have bi-polar? Or why do you think people feel a strong need to hide the fact that they are bi-polar ?
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@besthope44 (12146)
• India
9 Oct 10
Well for depression, medicines are not solution. Do Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle depression.
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have bi-polar and in the beginning it is really hard to admit or share it with others. Mainly, because people don't always know how to react and it is not an easy illness to be around for a long period of time because of the mood swings. The manics and depressions wear on your friends and no matter how devoted they are it is hard. It takes its toll on some relationships, but when people are committed to work on getting better and take their meds and their friends are there for them and they get the help they need - it is manageable. People don't understand mental illness, but it is not as near as bad as it has been in the past.
@Chispa514 (871)
• Montreal, Quebec
7 May 08
According to my doctor, he says I'm borderline bi-polar. For the longest time I didn't really tell people that unless I felt that they 100% needed to know. i used to be ashamed of it because of the bad things I used to hear people say about people suffering with bi-polar. So for the longest time I used to just hide my depression behind fake laughs and fake smiles. Now I tell people about it just so they know that my mood can change at the drop of a hat without warning. I became tired of hiding my emotions just so that people wouldn't ask me what's wrong, or assume I was just looking for attention.
@Fidget (291)
26 Apr 08
I was checked out for bi-polar but don't have it. At first I was kida hoping that I did as it would explain what was wrong, why my depression was so weird. It would not have been a solution but it at least would have been an answer. But now I am very glad that I just have bog-standard depression mainly because it means I CAN get better but once you have bi-polar that's it for life. The fact that it is a life long condition may be one of the reasons people don't face up to their problem because they don't want to be ill forever, also it may be because they are still unaware that they have a problem.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
25 Apr 08
People that hide the fact that they have bipolar, hide it because they do not fully understand it. They also hide it because alot of people do not understand it and they do not want to ruin any relatinships by admitting that they have bipolar. Bipolar is a hard mental disorder to get along with, as the changes in behavior happen frequently. One can be manic one moment and depressed the next. Alot of people are afraid of losing the ones they love because they have this disorder and are unable to live life always happy.
@sharon_ (1171)
• United States
24 Apr 08
No,I'm not bi-polar, but I have known people who are. I'm really not sure why some people would feel a strong need to hide this illness. I really don't think that it is a mental illness that can be hid.I guess a person could try and hide it by saying they had some other kind of ailment.