People with Bipolar Disorder are accused of lying sometimes, because their families, spouses, friends, or other people misunderstand and often misjudge the disorder and the symptoms of bipolar. This can happen because of a general lack of knowledge of bipolar itself, and/or your own difficulty in explaining the disorder to them. Many people who are newly diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder find it very difficult to explain the disorder to other people, especially because they are just learning about the disorder themselves.
Bipolar Disorder is considered a lie in itself sometimes, as people think those with the disorder are faking it and/or making it up as an excuse for their behavior.
If you have Bipolar Disorder, you may have been accused of lying yourself. Some of the things you may have been told are:
- 'It’s all in your head.'
- 'You’re faking it.'
- 'You could get over it if you really tried.'
- 'You’re just a hypochondriac.'
- 'There’s nothing really wrong with you.'
- 'You’re just doing this to get attention.'
- 'You’re just being lazy.'
- 'You’re doing this just to get sympathy.'
- 'This isn’t a real illness.'
- 'You just can’t control your emotions.'
Bipolar Disorder, in reality, is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is not a lie. It is a very real illness. It is not your fault, and it is not something you caused yourself.
Unfortunately, Bipolar Disorder is misunderstood and misjudged by the very people closest to us, and our behavior misinterpreted as lying, or faking. Sometimes people with whom we interact can be hurtful, even without meaning to be, and say things, such as those quoted above. These comments come from people who are thoughtless, or maybe just ignorant. It may just take time for them to accept your Bipolar Disorder. Or it may just take effort on your part to show them that you are not lying; that you actually do have a real illness, and you are not faking it or making it up.
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