What Being Bipolar Has Taught Me About Business

  1. Amy Rodriguez says:

    Good for you for this email and post! I too was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder at age 14 after an attempted suicide in high school. I love when people with mental illness “come out” about it. Totally helps kill the stigma associated with it and we can begin to learn more and understand the diseases.

    Great post, great tips and a great reminder for me and those like me who need to know how to manage business + mental illness.

    Thanks again!

    • Thank you Amy and thank you for your honesty! I agree – fuck that stigma. I honestly never encountered it until I moved to the UK. That could be because it wasn’t a big deal in my family so I approached it that way with friends and in the US everyone knows someone who is taking some drug for something. I’ve found through some experimenting that you get to set the tone for it with people who don’t know anything about it. If you discuss it candidly and openly, it seems to get a really good reception in my experience.

  2. Joelle Duff says:

    This is an amazing post – I was hospitalized last year for suicidal thoughts, and came out of the hospital with a “maybe you’re bipolar” diagnosis. It’s been rough in some ways, though. Emotionally and mentally, I’m great! Better than I ever have been before, in fact. But there’s still such a stigma about mental illness and I’ve actually lost a lot of my vendor friends because they don’t want to be associated with someone like me anymore. It sucks, but business is good regardless, and just being healthy and happy is all I can really ask for!

    • Thank you for sharing that Joelle. Those vendor friends suck and I’m sorry they did that to you but that’s okay, you can trade up to less ignorant people šŸ™‚ I’m really happy to hear that you’re healthy and happy – that’s fantastic!!

  3. Ashleigh M Pritchard says:

    I wish there wasn’t such a stigma around mental health with my family, because I might have gotten help sooner for my depression and social anxiety. With therapy and starting meds a couple years ago, things have gotten much easier and I’ve learned to listen to my body/brain a lot more. (and know when not to listen to it!)

    • I’ve had friends in similar situations Ashleigh and I know it can be tough when family doesn’t get it. That’s fantastic that things have gotten easier for you though and I know what you mean about knowing when not to listen to your brain!

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