A "deficiency" or a mental illness?

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Bipolar Mom Life

A post about a discussion my father and I had regarding my diagnosis. We both agree on the point that there is an incredible amount of stigma still attached to the label of bipolar in our society, and then he said something that really made me think. He told me that he doesn’t consider me to have a mental illness, per say, he feels that I simply have a “deficiency in my brain chemistry” which causes me to become psychologically impaired during times when I am unmedicated.

One of the first posts I wrote on my journey to blog about having bipolar disorder and parenting two little ones. It is my goal to give hope to other young women who are struggling with this illness and wondering whether or not they'll ever be able to have a family.