Bipolar Disorder Still Sucks

Recent Struggles

I’ve had a hard time lately and after talking with my therapist and a couple psychiatrists (including some of my advisors) I’ve learned a lot from my recent struggles even though they are not pretty.

Why am I Sharing This?

I think a lot of people who live in recovery from addiction or with a mental health difference feel like they have to hide everything that isn’t positive. A lot of times I feel like (and I’ve been told this) that I’m held to a higher standard and that if I do anything that people don’t like then they will say “see I told you, he hasn’t changed” and they will write me off. It does happen more than you would expect.

THAT IS THE STIGMA I AM FIGHTING AGAINST!

At the end of the day, I’m still me. Some things are different, some are not. I’m sober now, and I have found a new way of life, and I’m trying to be aware of my shortcomings, and seek self improvement all the time. I am blessed to have an amazing support system consisting of the recovery community, medication, friends, family and my faith. That doesn’t mean I’ll always be perfect. And that’s ok.

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Stephen Hays

Stephen Hays

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Stephen Hays, Founder of What If Ventures www.whatif.vc a mental health focused venture capital fund and host of the Stigma Podcast.