27TH MARCH 2017
Why Is Being Bipolar Fashionable?
BY J.S. VON DACRE
“Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill … I’m apparently very good at it.” - Carrie Fisher
In recent times, numerous celebrities with bipolar disorder have been pushed into the spotlight. If they display any unusual antics, the media is quick to publicise it: Britney Spears and her head shaving; Amanda Bynes and her tumultuous legal issues; Charlie Sheen and his “winning” rant; and Kanye West and his very public break down.
Why does the media make being bipolar fashionable and liken it to the latest celebrity trend? How is this setting the public up for the true reality of people with this disorder? And why is being bipolar suddenly so common?
The fact is, all news sell–especially anything that oozes of sensationalism and scandal. The general public’s hunger for a bald Britney is greater than a Britney who is impeccably dressed. And often, when celebrities confess to having any sort of mental illness, a photo of the person in question looking glamorous, accompanies the articles. This tactic re-enforces to the public that, perhaps, it is simply attention seeking. Instead of educating, this only serves to further misinform.
Bi-polar disorder has not suddenly become a widespread fad (like the media would like us to believe). In fact, over 10 million people in the USA alone are sufferers. It only "appears" to be more common because mental health issues have become less stigmatised in recent times and help is more accessible. Let’s not forgot that only sixty years ago, people who were diagnosed with being bipolar or depressed were treated with methods like lobotomy. Would anyone willingly confess to mental struggles, if they knew it could result in having a hole drilled into their skull or being electrocuted?
On a personal level, I have witnessed the struggles of friends who are bipolar. Being bipolar is not a choice–it is a brain disorder that creates unusual changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. We owe it to the many sufferers all over the world to give better understanding and support instead of buying into what the media would have us believe.
Is being bipolar fashionable? No, it is simply a way of life for millions.
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