Bipolar Disorder StigmaWhen People Think You Are Crazy
Kay Redfield Jamison is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Her work has centered on Bipolar Disorder, which she has suffered from since her early adulthood. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of St Andrews. (see Dr. Jamison's books)
My speech "17 Minutes--Coundown to Death" delivered to the Turning Point Foundation's Annual Breakfast is about the deadly consequences of mental illness stigma and my story of life with bipolar disorder and the suicides of my brother and sister.
Two Suicides in My Family
My brother and sister did not overcome their fear of stigma, so they committed suicide. My brother was 35 and left behind his wife and two young boys.
Famous People with Bipolar Disorder
Once you're labeled as mentally ill, and that's in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as artifact of your mental illness. Did these people know that?