n African Journal of Psychiatry - So you have Bipolar - what now? Accepting your diagnosis and helping your family help you : The South African Depression and Anxiety Group - patients as partners

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



When she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Tammy felt like she'd been 'kicked in the stomach'. She felt totally shocked and betrayed, but strangely relieved that maybe she didn't have to live in fear of herself anymore. But still the mask of 'normality' remained tight, she couldn't accept she was ill, refused to believe there was something wrong with her. Bipolar Disorder is still highly stigmatised, as are mental illnesses generally, and she was terrified she would be shunned professionally and socially if anyone found out.

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