Most people start adulthood, looking to the future, at a world of possibility. The transition from teenage life to adulthood was marked by when I diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder type II at 20.
“It’s just a few tics, don’t worry about it” was one male friend’s response to my writing about life with Tourette’s. That was someone meaning well. The ignorance, misconception and dismissive attitude towards mental health and neurological issues are far worse online. Progress has definitely been made in encouraging men to talk about mental health but more effort needs to be made in showing people how to listen.
However, as a long-term sufferer of bipolar disorder I have mixed feelings about the disclosure of my illness. The experience of stigma has a huge impact on anyone who has experienced mental health problems.