Today I was made aware of a site that went up specifically to make fun of, and show hatred towards, those with bipolar disorder. Specifically, the site is aimed at me and all those who use psychiatric services in the treatment of mental illness. Whoever wrote the site feels it’s okay to take advantage of people with an illness, people who are in pain.
Well, it’s not OK. We’re not a joke. We are people. Real, flesh and blood people. And we do not accept your hatred. I do not accept your hatred.
People with Bipolar are a Joke
Some people would argue that bipolar disorder is overdiagnosed. I can’t say for sure it is or it isn’t. I haven’t seen the numbers. But I know one thing, mine is one case of bipolar disorder that wasn’t incorrectly diagnosed. And I know that mine isn’t a case that is a freaking joke.
Psychiatric Patients are Masochistic
Some people would contend that all those who see psychiatric help are masochistic and are setting themselves up for nothing but pain and suffering. These are the people who content that psychiatry is evil and that psychiatrists do nothing but harm people.
This is the biggest pile of bull I have ever heard. Psychiatrists make a living trying to help people. Are they perfect? No. Is every psychiatrist great? No. But are they trying to harm people? Absolutely not.
And I will not sit here idly by and listen to this hatred of psychiatry. It isn’t right. Psychiatrists are doctors and they deserve the same respect as everyone else. And we, the public using the services of psychiatry, are the ones in our right mind because we recognize we have a problem and we are going to the appropriate people to get help. We are not masochistic. We are not looking for someone to hurt us. Most of us wouldn’t stand for someone hurting us.
Masochistic is sitting and letting a disease eat you alive. Letting the pain steal your life. That is masochistic. We are strong and we are powerful because we don’t let that happen.
Standing Up for the Psychiatric Patient
But I don’t deserve hatred and I don’t deserve abuse. Everyone like me is already afraid and isolated and sick and tired. And none of us deserve to be the victim of cruel, small-minded bigots. None of us deserve to be made to feel worse than the illness already makes us. We deserve respect. We deserve reason.
So come with your pitchforks and torches and hatred and mockery but know this – I will not stand for it and I certainly won’t lie down to it. I am here. I am crazy. Get used to it.