8. Stand up for yourself and take a stand when necessary.
Recently, a young person attending one of my support groups said, “I just can’t handle the shame that comes with this illness.” If you are ashamed of having bipolar disorder, how can you expect others to be at ease with it? Furthermore, if people sense that you are uncomfortable about your illness, they will mirror that uneasiness.
You must consciously decide that you are going to face the illness and work through any discomfort you feel. Stereotypes regarding illnesses like bipolar disorder will not change if the very people who have such conditions are not at peace with their situation. So, take a positive stand, educate others, and help eradicate stigma. If you fall six times, stand up seven. Keep up the fight.