This is weighing on my mind. Bothering me. So, I'm sharing. In case any of you need to see or read this - this is also for you. Don't let thoughts or opinions of others define you. That Is Your Job. .
1st photo is of a letter my VA doctor in 2014 wrote for me to become an accredited claims agent with the VA. THIS MADE ME FEEL NORMAL.
Read his words. Really read them. .
2nd photo is what my current VA doc wrote for me to send to the DOJ so I can finish my background investigation to become employed with the USAO. (I currently work for a #nonprofit law firm.) The question asks, "Does this person under investigation have a condition that could impair his or her judgment, reliability, or trustworthiness?" And she marked #YES
THIS SHOOK ME TO MY CORE.
Having #bipolar does not automatically make me someone who has impaired judgment, someone who is unreliable, or someone who cannot be trusted. .
That is a #grosslyfalsemisreprepresentation of me as an #individual.
That assessment is based on stigma, bias, and stereotype. Having bipolar or anxiety or a personality disorder does not define me, it does not control me, and I do not use it as a crutch.
I have not always been on #medication (especially while pregnant or immediately after). Was life hard? You bet... And yet, I have never been #admitted (nothing wrong with that, I just never have), never been incarcerated, I have held #gainfulemployment in this economy, and I have fought long and hard for what I am and even without medication I have maintained a " #normallifestyle " (whatever that means).
I have never lied, cheated, or stolen my way through life
This doctor may have singlehandedly prevented me from getting a job. #maybe ... .
I can only hope my other accomplishments or accolades #represent me better than this doctor has.