Things to never say to someone with Bipolar

If you have Bipolar Disorder then someone has said at least one of these things to you. Whether that be without thinking or thinking they are helping. Words can be hurtful so please be careful with what you say and how you say it.

Here is my list of things to never say to someone with Bipolar Disorder

“You don’t actually have Bipolar”

“I don’t think you’re depressed, you smile to much”

“You’re only saying that because you’re manic”

“You shouldn’t be on medication it’s damaging your brain”

“But you always seem so happy”

“OMG I’m so Bipolar with my moods lately”

“I think I have Bipolar, I get sad sometimes too and happy the next day”

“That class was soooooo boring I think I’m depressed”

“You don’t act depressed”

“I’m not sure you have Bipolar, have you tried just being happy?”

“We get it, you have Bipolar!”

“Oh she’s just saying that because she’s Bipolar” – Hello I’m standing right here.

“Everything happens for a reason”

“Have you tried, like really tried to live without medication?”

“Just have one it’ll be fine” – When manic we can’t have just one. Learn this.

“Have you tried herbal medication?”

“Fish oil will cure you!”

“Just do yoga when you’re in mania it will calm you down”

“I feel exhausted all the time”

“I have a memory like a fish too”

“OMG, I must have mania because I can’t stop talking on a sugar high”

“I had a vivid dream last night, I must have slight Bipolar”

“I totally understand you when you say you don’t want to get out of bed or socialise”

“I know how you must feel I had 4 hours sleep last night”

“That’s so Bipolar of you”

“How can you work and be depressed?”

“Can’t you stay out for longer and not get 8 hours of sleep?”

“Why do you sleep so much!?”

“Maybe if you get off your phone earlier in the day you wouldn’t have trouble sleeping”

“God I feel Bipolar today”

“You’re not Bipolar you’re just moody”

“You seem so normal!”

“Don’t define yourself by your mental illness”

“I think I have Bipolar even though I’ve never seen a psychiatrist and have had 2 symptoms”

“I thought you were taking your medication”

“But you have such a normal life”

“But nothing bad has ever happened to you”

“You know she’s Bipolar right?”

“My friends, uncles, dad’s, brother has Bipolar and his fine”

“You’ll be fine”

“It’s just a phase”

“What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger” – my personal favourite


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