31 days of bipolar|day 21

Are you content with it being called bipolar affective disorder,
or would you rather revert to manic depression, or rename it completely? Why?

This is an interesting prompt. I personally don’t like the term “manic depression”. That goes back to my quest to squash stigma. There’s so much stigma surrounding that term and most of it is extremely negative and sensationalized. Yes, I live with a mood disorder. My mood cycle is more prolonged and extreme than the general population. Having a name for what I experience is important in trying to get me to live a more fulfilling life. I guess the term “bipolar” is an effective placeholder. But I don’t necessarily agree that it’s completely accurate of experience. The term inherently implies that there are extremes, but no grey area. It doesn’t account for psychosis. It doesn’t account for periods of stable mood. And there’s a lot of stigma surrounding the term in itself. I believe that it adds to the misconceptions surrounding the illness in a harmful way that implies that I’m constantly cycling up and down. Yes, my moods are grandiose and they last for considerable periods of time. But there’s nuances. The prefix “bi-” implies only two, a binary of high and low. And yes, there’s clarifiers. Bipolar 1 and 2. Bipolar with psychotic features. Dysthymia. Mixed episodes exist and they’re a mindfuck. And they’re a tad better than simply “bipolar” or “manic depression”.

For now, I suppose the termĀ bipolar disorder is an effective placeholder until a more apt term is accepted. I don’t know what that term would be. Perhaps, jokingly, the term could be “moodfucked”? I don’t know.

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