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Deciding When to Share My Bipolar Diagnosis With Others


I have type II bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed about five years ago now. I have never really had a problem talking about my mental health or my chronic illnesses, even with strangers.

However, I very rarely tell people the conditions I have immediately, and when I do tell them they are always surprised. These are people I have worked with or gone to school with for months and sometimes years; they know me, my work ethic and style, and my intelligence level.

It then somehow turns into: “But you are so dependable, how could you have bipolar?” “You seem so happy how could you be depressed?” “You work in customer service, you couldn’t possibly have anxiety.” I do not tell people about my diagnosis right away.

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