Did You Hear That

When I tell people that I’m Bi-Polar and have a severe anxiety disorder I get one of a few responses:

“Yeah I think I might have that because I’m always having these moods where I don’t feel like going to school or work and then later on I’ll be all happy and shit when I’m out with my friends.”

“Wow so have you ever been locked up in a psych ward?”

“Have you ever tried to kill yourself?”

“I understand. My parents said that my grandma was crazy but I never met her because she died before I was born.”

Of course these are just the most used ones, the basic templates.

There are other replies, sometimes the worst answer isn’t verbal at all, just a tilt of the head and a slow nodding like the way one of my relatives makes at Thanksgiving when they ask me what I’m doing now that I’m done with college.

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