I went to the otolaryngologist today. Translated that’s the ear, nose and throat doctor. I brought my Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide with me to read while I was in the waiting room. I got into the exam room and the nurse/med asst. said “I like your book.” I said thanks, I just got approved for disability because of my bipolar disorder. She said “really… I didn’t know that you could for that. My husband is bipolar. Can I ask you a couple questions, you don’t have to answer if you don’t want.” She then asked me about the approval process and filled me in a bit about her husband and I encouraged her to have him apply.
So then my doctor comes in and sees my book and says “Hey, my father-in-law has that…” and then proceeded to tell me a funny story about how his father-in-law borders between genius and insanity. I know that there are a lot of people out there that have bipolar disorder. I know that the statistics say that 1 in so many people either have it or are related to or are friends with someone who has bipolar… but it’s just funny to actually see those statistics in action. All because I brought a book to the doctor’s office. I think I might start doing that more often. I need to find a smaller bipolar book to just carry around with me. Get the word out, fight stigma.