It’s not an illness, it’s a way of life


I’d like to add an image to each post. This one is pretty unrelated. I took some kids to a friend’s restaurant to drink Indian Milk Tea.


I just got the domain mapped today and figure I should leave a comment of some kind to “mark the day”. Every time you create a new WordPress site it asks you for a tagline. The title of this post is the first thing that came to mind when I was asked. I’m not sure how long it will stay around but it will do for now.

It’s not an illness…

I just looked up the definition of two words. Illness and mental illness. I didn’t do anything fancy. They’re the first things that came up in Google.

a disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind.

mental illness
a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behavior or thinking.

I’m certain I’m not the only person with a “mental illness” who takes issue with the word illness. Bipolar disorder in many ways isn’t an illness. Often times it’s a gift! Sometimes it’s an illness. Always it’s… me.

Illness feels like something you try to get rid of, something you don’t want. I have no idea what getting rid of bipolar would mean! What does curing it look like?! It’s not something that gets cured or something you get rid of. It’s a part of you. Something you live with. A way of life. Right?

It’s like being a woman, or a man, or African American, or Native American, or… or… or… There is no curing being Black or being a woman. It’s what you are and you deal with it.

The name, “Being Bipolar”. That actually came from a time when Facebook likes showed up somewhere as “Casey likes Being Bipolar”. It was a cool name for a Facebook page that other people on Facebook thought was pretty cool as well. I guess I’ll start doing something with it now. 🙂

I like being bipolar (I have to!)

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