Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
“Being bipolar is not an illness, but an advantage because both mania and depression give me insights that are not available to those who cannot experience them” ~ Tom Wootton
I have started an online course called Bipolar INorder by Tom Wootton. I’m finding it quite fascinating. I’ve wanted to take it for some time now. Many of you may have heard of Tom Wootton. I’m very curious to read your view points to his statement. I tend to agree with him to the point that those who do not have bipolar will never experience the world in the same way as I do. However, I’m not quite ready to let go of it not being an illness yet. Not just yet. Perhaps at the end of this eight week course I will. I can see his point. Once we start seeing bipolar as an identity (like “I am an educator or I am brave.) then the stigma is lost and no longer has any power. If we keep viewing it as an illness, then the stigma is allowed to exist. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this concept. I can see both sides. I do see advantages to having bipolar. In fact, that is exactly why I started writing my blog.
Well, I’ll stop my writing of this post so I can publish it. I am anxious to see what all of you think. Remember, there are no wrong answers to this. Every opinion is valid.
Thanks for reading!