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I am not Bipolar. I have Bipolar. It is not me, and I live with it, but I do not allow it to have me.
I know, this is all quibbling with language, but when we use language to think, to define ourselves and who we are, our words and their meanings become vital. All to often, people are classified, or classify themselves as “Bipolar”, as if it were a nationality, culture, heritage or something that defines who we are.
Cancer patients don’t call themselves,”Cancerous”, although Cancer decides much of what they do and how they live. They have Cancer. Some lie down and allow their lives to go the way they go. Some fight tooth and nail. Some ignore it completely, living with it to the end. There may be an exception somewhere to…
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