Why I Wear a Bipolar Disorder Medical Bracelet
When I said I was ordering this bipolar disorder bracelet, a lot of people — to some extent myself — feared the stigma that might come with it. I got over that fast because I really don’t believe my illness is a shameful thing. I’m sick and that’s really not my fault, I didn’t cause it and the fact I’m fighting it doesn’t make me any less of a person.
I bought the bracelet and I wear it because of the medication I take. There are a lot of adverse effects in mixing certain medications and because I don’t look sick, no one would know I have a medical condition in an emergency situation and what is meant to save me could hurt or even kill me.
I am currently having a lot of depressive symptoms, even if not actually going through a depressive episode right now. After my last visit with my psychiatrist (and the visit where I received the letter to have my emotional support animal… which is another story) my condition was deemed as bipolar disorder, current episode mild depression, rapid cycling. Along with the actual purpose of the bracelet, it reminds me that I care enough for myself to wear it. I am fighting suicidal thoughts at times, I often do, but the bracelet reminds me of the desire to live, that I must have on some level, to be willing to protect myself in case of an emergency where I might be unconscious or in the least unable to speak.
I would recommend anyone on multiple medications to consider a bracelet because of the interactions with other medications.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.
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