Tonight, my County Councilman mocked me in a public forum on Facebook for having bipolar disorder.
Let that sink in for a second.
Twice in the last few years I have heard “celebrities” make nasty comments about bipolar disorder. One mocked a fellow racecar driver and the second referred to the weather as bipolar. They both heard from me. The latter actually got back to me and apologized. However, the County Councilman continues to dig himself a deeper hole.
Now, anyone who hasn’t already figured out that I have made screenshots and filed this conversation away for his re-election campaign is probably new to this blog. Welcome!! I’m not vindictive just for the sake of it. This man has shown publicly (he was in the paper!) what a despicable racist he is and he’s so rude to his constituents. But he’s a Republican and this area is ruby red. His reelection is generally just a foregone conclusion. So he got one chance to make things right with me and he refused.
I’ve been back in the pit of bipolar depression recently and it’s been very hard. I’ve had such a long stretch of stable. I knew it couldn’t last, but a part of me always hoped it would. A small part, tucked away so no one could shit on this little piece of dream.
This country right now is having serious problems. When an elected official has no problem mocking a constituent for a health problem, and other voters support him? Well, that’s pretty bad. And no, I’m not going to get into politics, but where the hell is common decency anymore?
This little incident proves that we need to do so much more to reduce stigma in this society. Don’t be ashamed of who you are.
Don’t be afraid to stand up and say “Yes that’s me, and if you don’t like it, piss off”