Societal Stigma of Bipolar Disorder: How It Affects Treatment Adherence

Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Joe Hutchison


Bipolar disorder, Stigma, Creative writing, Mental illness, Treatment


The Creative Core portrays a girl whose sister was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She reveals clues of the mental illness by recounting memories of her sister displaying unusual behavior. Many of the main character’s reactions and thoughts reveal the societal stigma that exists regarding mentally ill people.

The Analysis Essay addressed the stigma of bipolar disorder and its shame can discourage people from accepting their illness. This in turn could result in patients refusing to take the prescribed medication they need for a successful treatment.

The essay’s conclusion showed that a mental illness’ stigma is a significant hindrance for bipolar patients and whether or not they commit to a treatment. Creative Writing stories can help society understand more about bipolar disorder and assist in reshaping the public’s preconceived notions about mental illness.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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