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If I’m Being Honest Podcast | Episode 14: I Got Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder At 40 Years Old (with Malia)

April 7, 2019

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Today you’re listening in on mine and Malia’s conversation about her fairy recent diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. At 40 years old, Malia FINALLY got the relief of a tangible diagnosis that she could begin to treat.

Bipolar disorder like many other mental disorders, can be very misunderstood and stereotyped. The word “bipolar” or “manic depressive” is often used as jargon to describe things that are up and down like the weather or even our toddler’s behavior. I think we could all be a little more sensitive and gain a little more knowledge about what this disorder actually looks like and get to know the human beings behind the diagnosis. As you’ll hear, Bipolar Disorder might look a lot different from what you’ve seen in the media or in movies.

As someone who lives with mental health diagnoses, I always want to do what I can to give a voice to this topic to continue to normalize the conversation and reduce the stigma. People who live with depression, anxiety, bipolar, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and others are still human beings and are very often productive and functioning members of society. They are not crazy and they are not scary.

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