When people bore me with details of their colonoscopy/knee replacement, I tell them about my bipolar 2 disorder. I have a mental illness and a different twist on the “End the Stigma” campaign. I refuse to acknowledge this stigma exists—no shame here. AMA
Hi, my name is Susan Sofayov and at the ripe old age of 46, I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder. After being diagnosed, I wrote a novel titled Defective, a tale of a young woman’s journey to acceptance of her own bipolar 2 diagnosis. The story is written from a first-person point of view, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of a mentally ill person. People with mental illness are so much more than their diagnosis. They’re not just the dramatic symptoms portrayed for effect in movies and on television. People battling mental health issues are everywhere. They live in the house next door. They work in the next cubicle. And for people like me, mental illness stares back at us every time we look into the mirror.
Since publishing Defective, I’ve written two more novels: The Kiddush Ladies and Jerusalem Stone. Prior to diagnosis, I wrote grocery lists.
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