Julie A. Fast once told her dad that she disliked being single but felt like it was the best option at the time.
“I just get too anxious with dating.” He replied, “Well, no one wants to have a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder.”
Even close family can make insensitive remarks about mental illness from time to time. (We covered nine common comments here.) “I know for sure that he was not trying to be mean. He simply wasn’t thinking,” said Fast, a coach who works with loved ones of people with bipolar disorder, and author of bestselling books on the disorder, including Taking Charge of Bipolar Disorder.
But these comments still sting. And they can nick an already slim sense of self, which is likely bruised from your own biting inner critic.