Tom Wootan, the CEO of Bipolar Advantage, writes that we only see what we have been trained to see. In terms of the bipolar community, he means that doctors see only a disease, family and friends see only behaviors, and the afflicted see only pain. His point is that there is a lot more going on with depression and bipolar disorders than any one perception, or even the sum of the three impressions. Being trained to see the bigger picture of bipolar can lead not only to a deeper understanding of the disorder, but also better functionality for those who have it, more comfort for everyone, and the recognition of potential value of the disorder.
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