Mental Health • Bi Polar Isn’t A Light Switch

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“It’s a deceptive outlook on life – leaving those suffering in a fictional realm; for they don’t always know what’s real and what’s not.”

Bi polar is NOT crazy.

It’s not a mental slide, ascending from bliss to insanity in minutes.

You can’t anticipate a break down from a cartoon fire burning in their eyes, or bellows of smoking rising from their head. Conversations don’t play out like an unfinished Mad Libs, and tainted thoughts don’t stray from common sense.

Bi polar isn’t the light switch of someone fiddling after an outage.

It doesn’t symbolize weakness and it doesn’t symbolize loss of control. 

It’s a mental spectrum.

A hypothetical thermometer. An unexplainable curse. The good days are good, the bad days are bad, and the ‘normal’ days are few and far between.

Bi polar is the wheels of a car, trying to create traction with the mud beneath.

It’s a powerful high and a more powerful free fall. No words to explain and no photos to show. It’s a deceptive outlook on life – leaving those suffering in a fictional realm; for they don’t always know what’s real and what’s not.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • This is I.E. Scott, writer from Disquietude. I am so glad you published this. I don’t have bipolar disorder, as you might know from my blog, I have a trauma-induced anxiety disorder. I am not implying that having bipolar disorder and anxiety are the same, but as I navigate this thing and I deal with my family, especially on the bad days, it feels as if they ask me to turn a switch: “Just calm down,” “feel bad? Just change it.” They don’t get it, they think I can control it as simply as that. The problem is, I’m not getting the help I need to manage it. When I hear those statements it only exacerbates my anxiety and anger. Anyway, glad to hear I’m not the only person who feels as if I am being judged over my struggles.

  • Thanks so much for commenting! I don’t in fact have Bi Polar either. Anxiety, yes. But I’m glad it could represent a lot more than just one mental illness. Well intended. I don’t think anyone will truly understand until they experience stress or a ‘mood’ for themselves. Unfortunately, that leaves it up to us to have to consciously remind ourselves that they simply don’t understand – and that’s not [always] their fault either. A lot of our anger is because people don’t respond the way we want them to, so society [hopefully though such blogs as ours where we talk about things, or the media] learns how to address situations properly! Keep writing. You’re certainly not alone 🙂

  • My aunt has been diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder for years. I’ve seen the spiral that it can cause. Thanks for posting this. I hate when people joke about something or someone being ‘Bi-Polar’ because it is real and it can be devastating. For those involved and those who support and love that person! xoxo, ganeeban

    • I can’t stand when people use ‘Bi-Polar’ in a joking – weather or clothes – type jokes, etiher. The only way to fix that will hopefully be to prove the severity and chaos that Bi-Polar by talking about it.

      Thank you so much for sharing, Ganeeban 🙂 That means a lot!

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