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Dealing With Other People's Reactions When Sharing Your Diagnosis

I’ve sometimes felt the sting of invalidation, from family, “friends” and people from work and/or school when I tell them about my bipolar disorder.

I cautiously walk the tightrope of confiding in others, afraid to slip into the “asking for pity” territory — which I’ve been told doesn’t exist (but the change of tone in some situations tells otherwise).

This fear is especially heightened as a college student, when I have to tell professors that I cannot do certain things due to my condition.

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