Not crazy, just different
this hub is to help answer a question from lostwithinmyself...
Dearest lost... A fabulous question of which I am only to happy to answer as best as I can. There are several reasons why the word "crazy" or "insane" pepper the writings and speakings of those that do Not suffer from any mental disorders. I think that first and foremost, Fear of the unknown. What people fear they shun or single out. They try to put as much distance between "their" world and ours. By labeling "us" crazy, they can feel separated from that issue. rather than take the time to try and understand, it is easier for people to place a name on it and walk away. A second reason why it is assumed that if we are manic or bipolar or BPD, we Must be crazy, is the t.v. The shows today, though I do love to watch them, such as SVU or CSI or any number of the forensic/hospital shows have taken the bipolar issue and made it a money maker. Daily, there is at least one show that has a "criminal" that has committed some "crazy" crime and they label them BPD or Bipolar. Millions of viewers see that and they then just Accept that All disorders of the mind leave the person a threat. "Why would they do such a thing?" That statement is more and more often answered with "I heard they were like bipolar or Have some personality issue." They speak without truly having a clue as to what our world is like. They listen to friends and family and away they go with thier belief that If you are bipolar, you ARE in fact "nuts." I guess if you were to take the short trip to an answer, it would be one word. "Ignorance." That isn't used in a bad way or to say they are idiots. They are Not but what they are is Ignorant to what being bipolar/BPD really means and does not mean. What it means is that our world IS a little different from thiers. We do walk in a place that often takes to the highest of highs and to low places that No body would ever want to go. It means we look at life and those around us through eyes that see deeper than most. What it does not mean is that we are crazy or violent or unapproachable. We are normally the very farthest from that and avoid confrontations when ever we can. We laugh and smile and cry and yell and agree abd disagree, Just like they do. Life is busy and fast paced. people don't always have the luxury of time to sit and read up or try to understand who we truly are. Educating them, through words and writes and talking is the number one key to showing people we are not "crazy." In fact, we are extremely intelligent and have vast imaginations. The list of successful artists and groups that are bipolar is very long. Their minds take them places and open up doors for them and they take it. We need to continue to teach people that we are Not crazy... we are just a little more anxietic and a bit more compulsive, but sane, for certain. Thank you for asking this question and remember, you are never ever alone in your journey. Always, Darrel