Don’t take a leaf out of clothing store Joy’s book. I may have bipolar but it’s not what I am. And enough with the Stephen Fry comparisons. (.)
Language is an interesting thing. Our choices inspire a multitude of reactions. Language around mental health is especially difficult. In this instance, many people vowed never to set foot in a Joy store again, while other people with bipolar disorder took to Twitter to say they couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
I can’t speak for everyone with bipolar; we are 1-3% of the world’s population after all, but here’s a few pointers on not what to say to someone with the illness.