I hope you’re having a good day.
Recently I had someone on my list write in and report plagiarism, that another website was using my material.
I investigated and, in fact, the material this other website was using was amazingly similar to my stuff.
They say that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Either way, I didn’t do anything about it except to keep a record of it for the future in case it happens again or if the woman on this website keeps doing this, because either way, the important thing is that the information is getting out there.
That’s what I wanted to talk about today.
The importance of spreading the word – of getting the information out there.
Now, I know it shouldn’t be your responsibility to teach others about bipolar disorder, that it should be the responsibility of the doctors and other mental health professionals and organizations, but they just aren’t doing it, so there is still a stigma associated with bipolar disorder.
That’s exactly what I talk about in my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I talk about the stigma associated with bipolar disorder, and how you can deal with it.
But no, there shouldn’t be that stigma, either way. And the only way to fight it is with information. And usually that information has to come from you. Think about this:
For every person you talk to, or even just think about yourself – they know, or even you know, at least 3 people who have bipolar disorder. Did you know that? Like I said, just think about yourself, for example. Obviously, the first one is your loved one. But think about other people. Don’t you know at least 2 other people who are touched by bipolar disorder in some way?
Either they have it, or their loved one has it, or someone in their family has it, or they know someone who has it, or they’ve heard of someone who has it, right? This is called “degrees of separation.”
And everyone is touched by bipolar disorder by at least 3 people.
But, like I said before about the plagiarism thing, the most important thing is that the information on the disorder is getting out there, so people are getting educated on it.
I know it’s not your responsibility, but if you do tell people what you know about it, you’re educating them. And the more people know about it, the less they’ll fear it, and the less stigma there will be about it. See how it works?
So you, yes you, can actually have a part, maybe even a big part, in educating society, even if it’s just one person at a time, on bipolar disorder.
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David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.