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The Bipolar Wall

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This is an illustration of the Bipolar Wall.

It’s like the Berlin Wall but depicted on a brain as a metaphor for mental illness.

With me so far?

This is how I look at it: the Bipolar Wall is the divide between ‘us’ (the chemically imbalanced) and ‘them’ (regular, non-pathological folk).

We have BIG communication issues.

Let’s face it, it’s hard to have a conversation about important stuff like self-harm and suicidal thoughts when there’s a bloody great wall between you and whoever you’re talking to!

Our voices can’t be heard. The messages get garbled.

Sometimes, it takes so much effort for ‘us’ to keep hollering for help and ‘them’ to keep shouting well-meaning questions and encouragement that both parties simply give up.

Communication breaks down.

And there you have it, the Bipolar Wall – the barrier to effective communication about mental illness; the obstacle to awareness, understanding and collaboration within the community.

To change the situation, we need to grab every sledgehammer we can find, break down that dastardly wall and get the dialogue going – from both sides.

Or we could interact online and foster a validating community where it’s safe to share personal stories of mental illness…

You can share your story, anonymously or otherwise, right here on savvy, willing & able.

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Comments on: "The Bipolar Wall" (1)

  1. This is a very interesting topic. I fall on the “regular” side of things and I’ve never been exposed to anyone considered “chemically imbalanced” before in my life, until now. Just from the “regular” perspective, it can be overwhelming and a bit scary to face such confronting things that you haven’t had to face before. I definitely think it takes time, patience, understanding and open and honest communication to even begin to break down that barrier.
    Unfortunately I also think part of the issue is that unless you know someone or have someone close to you affected by this, things can appear a lot more back and white, with little to no motivation to look at the area in between.
    A bit of a “it doesn’t affect me,therefore I don’t care” attitude. I think with more mental health awareness being promoted publicly and the stigma being broken down, it’s a step in the right direction for all involved.

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