This weekend I was thinking about how most "normal" people respond to being told that another person has BPD or BP. It's actually quite
Remember the 80s? HIV? OMG! It was unknown, fearful, avoided at all cost!
Now imagine the reactions back then, and then remember the last time you told someone that you have been "suffering" from symptoms of BPD or BP. And by "someone" I mean .. a person that does NOT have those disorders AND more than likely isn't a close and personal friend of yours. (although, even then .. the reaction could be saddening)
I'm just wondering .. even though more and more people are diagnosed (sometimes wrongfully) with these disorders, we are not considered normal OR acceptable. It's just like when an obese person walks into a diner. Most everyone in there will be thinking "Oh ya .. keep eating!" whether or not they admit it to others or themselves.
That person is skinny thus she is attractive. This other person has a great work ethic, so she is liked amongst peers. That person is smart and experienced so he gets the job!
Now! Let's say .. you have more experience AND let's say .. a master's degree in the field in which you are applying for a job. You're sitting next to the person who wants the job just as badly, yet he has hardly any experience and not even an associates degree.
Imagine .. in a perfect world .. where everyone HAS to divulge information .. ALL information about ourselves ..
You're sitting there .. and you are smiling and you say with confidence .. "I'm BiPolar, btw" .. or "I suffer from Borderling Personlaity Disorder" .. and the other guy just grins and says "I'm a people person" ..
Who gets the job?! Do you really think it would be you? DOUBTFUL! Seriously, be honest with yourself ..
No one wants to deal with us .. we're unstable and HAVE personality while Mr. or Miss boring, normal, acceptable and mentally stable is grinning ear to ear knowing that exact fact!
So my question is .. in today's society .. are we acceptable? Or are we treated like we're walking around with HIV and shunned before we explode at someone? Do people actually take the time to get to know us or do they automatically think .. "Gosh I really want to spend my time and get to know this person who will more than likely bring drama into my life? Do I have the patience or DESIRE to be friends with this person? Why should I when a perfectly normal Betty is standing right there with a pretty smile on her face?"