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I Hate Bipolar Jokes

Each time people say "You're bipolar" or "so-and-so is bipolar" I secretly cringe inside. Anybody that has lived with a relative with bipolar knows it's not fun.The worst of it comes when they are off their meds or when they're bipolar and don't even know it.The latter was true about my mom who didn't find out she was bipolar until I was 14 going on 15. On top of that, she also has schizophrenia. Before she got diagnosed with Bipolar 1, there were good days and hellish days. On her good days, she would get up and drag my two siblings on a car ride, no planning or forewarning. For example, she wanted to make a trip from Tennessee to Nevada, but only managed to get as far as Texas. Most of the road trips we took were completed, though very brief. But they were fun.
Then on the hellish days, she would be no fun. She would often stay in bed or snap at me or my siblings for no particular reason. Just looking at her made her angry. It was really scary.
But many people have not had the said experience above. Nor would no one want to. And if you are reading this or any other stories like these, I urge you to not joke about Bipolar again if you don't know.
montezia93 montezia93 18-21, F 4 Responses May 20, 2011

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I know about bipolar disorder because I have it. Nobody who doesn't can ever begin to understand what it's like to be behind these eyes.

Some of us are smart and self-aware enough to learn to overpower and control it. In the right hands, it's a gift like no other.

I understand what u mean, I'm bipolar and everybody jokes about it or just say stuff like are u bipolar or something.. Really annoying. But it's just to ignore it, they don't know how it is to live with it or what it even is.

With respect to you and how you feel, I think you should be more open minded about it. People don't mean it offensively. And even if they did, you shouldn't let it bother you. My dad was an alcoholic and although he wasn't violent, he caused A LOT of problems for my whole family. People tell jokes about alcoholism and my friends lightly use the term (example: "John is such an alcoholic! He drinks every weekend!") and I just let it go. People say things when they have no idea what its like and getting mad at them won't help you or them. If its not a compliment or constructive criticism, ignore it. :)

Well it's been some time since I posted it and I have changed. I am a little more open minded about this type of joke now but I do hope that others can take some time to really educate themselves about this condition.

Nope. Not funny. Oh, I can laugh at a few of the things I've done when I was hypo-manic but you might say I have license (the diagnosis) to do so. I cringe when I hear the immediate bipolar speculation that someone who has just made the news for a violent act. My children really hate the flip comments their friends and co-workers make about their mom or dads being bipolar. Having a bipolar parent was something they survived. Too often kids are just made at their parents - for doing what parents are supposed to do - love them and get upset when they are self distructive.