ON BEING MENTALLY “ILL” – Questions, Anyone?

JANE SAYS

Hi guys…I’m realizing a huge part of being an advocate for the mentally ill is going to be sharing my own personal experience in being bipolar with others to help them understand better what it means to be mentally “ill”.  I say “ill”, because I don’t believe I am really ill at all, as result of being bipolar — I believe I am ill because of our sociological soul sickness (look at the newspaper) and because of the great misunderstanding everyone has regarding mental illness.  Trust me, it’s super confusing for others, but it’s really pretty confusing for me a lot of the time too.

I think what it really means to be “mentally ill”, at least for me, in my experience with bipolar “disorder”, is that I have a brain that functions and processes information differently than the “normal” brain.  And I believe because of that, I have a…

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