When People Are Dismissive of Your Mood Disorder

Dealing every day with a mental illness is hard enough. Dismissive comments can be like salt on an open wound, although it’s usually due to a lack of understanding, or that person’s own difficulties with tolerating emotional pain. One way to respond when someone dismisses your depression or bipolar disorder is practicing self compassion. Avoid letting the things others say fuel your inner critic. Instead, it’s important to treat yourself with kindness. Remind yourself that your struggles with a mood disorder are real and legitimate. You might tell yourself: “It’s too bad that they don’t understand me, but I don’t have to make it even worse by doubting my own feelings or experiences.”

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