Friday, July 8, 2011
Stephen Fry: Proud To Be Bipolar
Posted by Mark Vasey
There are a multitude of celebrities with Bipolar Disorder. Most recently, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Demi Lovato both came out publicly in succession about their bipolar diagnosis's. You would think that this would be great for the awareness of Bipolar Disorder, but somehow the media always misses the point, and misrepresents what it's like to be bipolar. The real gritty important details of Bipolar Disorder such as drug abuse, suicide attempts, and psychosis, are left out of the stories, or in the case of Demi Lovato, Bipolar Disorder is not fully recognized as the cause of all of her symptoms. (Read more about Demi Lovato's interview about her bipolar diagnosis in my post, "Demi Lovato's Interview On ABC Fails To Truly Show Ramifications of Bipolar Disorder".) Catherine Zeta-Jones did not reveal many specific details about her own struggles. The problem is that revealing minimal or no details at all about your own experiences with Bipolar Disorder, fails to create more awareness and fight the stigma of mental illness. (Read more about Catherine Zeta-Jones bipolar diagnosis here.) One celebrity who has come out and been honest about his experiences with Bipolar Disorder, is Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry is an English comedian and actor who has been open about his Bipolar Disorder. He is the focus of the documentary titled "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive", which is about Bipolar Disorder focuses on Fry's experiences with the disorder. He has also spoken publicly about his use of cocaine, and his suicidal thoughts. Fry sugar coats nothing, and this is what we need to fight stigma. We need to show people what it's really like to have Bipolar Disorder. We can not marginalize our experiences with Bipolar Disorder. We don't need the Catherine Zeta-Jones' of the world to come out about their diagnosis's if they aren't going to give details about what it's really like to be bipolar. We need more bipolar people like Stephen Fry who are proud to be bipolar, and will come out, and own everything about the illness including the good, the bad, and the in-between. It is people like Stephen Fry who make me proud to be bipolar.