It is ten minutes before I have to get up in front of a room full of people, and talk about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time. I run into the bathroom, and vomit. I get up, wipe my face, reapply my lipstick and look in the mirror. I ask myself, “Why the hell are you doing this Hannah? You can live a good life without telling anyone.” Then I thought,”Because you are not ashamed anymore…”
This was the scene three years ago when I spoke about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time at a mental health conference. People with mental illness, situational or long-term, are scared more of just uttering the sentence, “I have a mental illness,” then they are of skydiving. I have witnessed people wither away in their marriage, friendships and in daily life, due to this heavy weight on their shoulders and burning secret inside.
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