The photo above is just one example of the many direct cyber bullying type messages I receive on Twitter several times a day seven days a week. Last week it was not as bad (Only like 7 kill yourself messages) since it was mostly complaints about my blog or whatever subject I happen to be tweeting about and this week it is currently due to the fact that I’m open on my Twitter about being bipolar.
I really don’t feel that mental illness is something to be ashamed of and in fact I’m very proud of the fact that I am able to recover from the depressive lows of having bipolar disorder. I love social media and how it allows me to connect with the outside world since I rarely leave my house and have no real in-person friends other than my wife but at the same time, I hate it because some people say things that they would never say to your face.
My main Twitter account is used to anonymously be myself and talk about whatever happens to pop in my mind without a filter. I also use it to discuss my struggles with having bipolar II and support others on social media who might be going through a hard time. With all the hate going around though I’m really considering completely given up social media or just doing a mass unfollow since there is no way to completely stop direct messages on Twitter.
I don’t understand the reasoning behind people who decide to cyber bully and in fact, I think from this moment on I’m going to attempt to publicly shame anyone who sends me messages like the one I’m using as my featured image on this post. I have a lot of good friends on Twitter who probably would have my back but then again that in itself would be in my opinion cyber bullying too.
I’ll keep you posted on what I decide to do and I won’t make any rash decisions before giving it a lot of thought and discussing it with my wife and psychiatrist.