So why am I so open? It's my goal to advocate for others with mental illness; to help end the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness; and to educate and enlighten people about this chronic, incurable but treatable condition. I see my psychiatrist monthly; I take five medications, and I have an excellent support system. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. I'm a writer. I am very much like anyone else, except that I have bipolar disorder. It's okay to talk about it, and I'm always willing to answer any questions anyone has. We, the community of people with mental illness, should all be able to feel this way, but unfortunately, many of us feel we can't talk about it or even let it be known. I'd like to see this change, and I try to do my part in bringing about that change.
If you want to know more about bipolar disorder, check out the information on the National Institutes of Mental Health website, the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance website, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness website. Another important resource for all people to know is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the phone number is 1-800-273-8255).