Having Bipolar, Not Being Bipolar

Something I learned in DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) I’ve found reassuring:

Never say “I AM bipolar”

Always say “I HAVE bipolar disorder”

Bipolar disorder doesn’t define who you ARE even though it may be a part of who you are.

If you HAVE something, it’s not who you are. It doesn’t define you.

Using the word HAVE defines bipolar disorder as an illness as opposed to a personality trait, or flaw.

This helps remove some of the stigma that comes with bipolar disorder, reminding everyone that it’s not your fault if you have the illness.

If you HAVE diabetes it’s clear that you have an illness that’s not your fault.

No one says “I AM diabetes”

Your brain is an organ just like your liver. Your brain can have an illness just like your liver can.

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