About 5 weeks ago, I completed my transition off psychiatric medication. A few days short of 13 straight years of ~100% medication compliance.
I used to hide my disease in shame, and very rarely would say, “I am bipolar.” Then, “I have bipolar.” Then, “I have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.” Sometimes, “I have been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.”
I don’t identify with a disease label anymore.
Yes, my integrative psychiatrist knows I stopped taking the lamotrigene. We had talked about that becoming a goal of mine, at some point. It happened faster than either of us expected it to.
When I told her that “I don’t identify as having bipolar disorder anymore” she nodded, and took lots of notes. I see her again next week.
So what do I do with this blog, that I named after this diagnostic label?