Bipolar disorder is a genetic medical condition. People with it experience cycles ranging from being depressed with low energy to hyperactive or manic. According to TheMighty.com, “about 5.7 million adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder, but the illness is often misunderstood.”
Here are 12 things you should never say to someone with bipolar disorder:
1) Are you bipolar?
People are not bipolar disorder. They have bipolar disorder.
2) You’re crazy.
First of all, it’s rude. Second of all, it's not true. Don’t say anything similar to this to someone who has bipolar disorder.
3) I have mood swings too.
At times, everyone can experience a mood swing wrote Bipolar.About.com, but “only people with bipolar disorder, have repeated and severe mood swings between mania or hypomania and depression.”
4) Do you think I might have it?
There is no diagnostic test for bipolar disorder stated The Guardian.com. A diagnosis often depends on observation. If you are concerned that you may have bipolar disorder, see your doctor. Don't burden your friend with a question they can't answer, and that is all about you and not showing consideration for them.
5) I wish I was manic so I could be more productive.
Mania is so much more than getting things done. People who have bipolar disorder suffer highs and lows to the extreme.
“I wish more people understood the physical toll managing this disease takes. It’s not just side effects from medications — it’s also the sheer exhaustion from adrenaline rushes, fatigue from depression, etc.” Toni Jacobs Burke told the International Bipolar Foundation, as reported by TheMighty.com.
6) You're just overreacting.
Overreacting is a symptom of bipolar disorder, explained Bipolar.About.com. But when someone with bipolar disorder is overreacting, they can’t simply take a deep breath and stop.
7) Did you ever try to kill yourself?
This is just plain cruel. This is a very personal and sensitive subject. Don’t ask someone this.