Yes, it’s true…We have bad days, even horrific days, but not always. So when asked about your mental illness, do you say you suffer from it or live with it? There’s a world of difference in those two responses: one implies you are a victim of the illness and the other empowers you. Which are you?
My response (ever since I attended my first support group) has been: I have/live with Bipolar Disorder. If I had cancer, I wouldn’t say that I suffer from cancer. I would say that I live with or am fighting cancer, making the point that I am not a victim…I am a survivor.