The Invisible Elephant


There is this elephant in the room, shes been there for years. She is an invisible elephant – no one can see her, but we all know she is there.  She lives inside the walls of our home.  She is in the air we breathe, she is in the foods we eat, she is in the sleep we don’t get, and she is in the decisions we make.

Sometimes she demands to be seen, other times she demands to be heard, sometimes she talks fast, sometimes shes loud,  other times she whispers quietly in my ear so that no one knows shes there but me. I……I will always know she is there.

She has a name, but we don’t always use it because of the stigma surrounding it.  Not everyone knows that this elephant lives inside our family and we try hard to camouflage her into the background of our every day lives.  And sometimes, just for a moment, we are able to forget that she is there.

Until the next time she becomes demanding.  Taking sleep, talking fast, so many ideas, so many thoughts.  Projects to be completed, research to be done.  Sometimes she uses other methods to be heard, sleeping too much, thoughts of despair, unable to function.

In case you have not figured it out yet our elephant is Bipolar Disorder.  That is the elephant in our lives.

She will always have a say in the decisions we make because she has become a not-so-silent part of our family.  She is always there trying hard to balance on a ball.  We try not to let her tip one way or another because we are afraid of how big of a crash she will make and how much damage she will make on the way down.



About bipolarwhisper

Mental health blogger. Bipolar, PTSD, OCD, Anxiety. Lover of butterflies. Risen out of the ashes like a phoenix. Survivor. Contact me at: Email: Twitter: @bipolarwhisper
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23 Responses to The Invisible Elephant

  1. Please read my blog for advice and memoirs about dealing with depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Hopefully it can be of some help!! Remember you’re not the only one feeling this way

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    • bipolarwhisper says:

      Thank you, I will check out your blog now. For some reason the spam filter picked this up as spam and I just noticed it. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.


  2. Nicole parsons says:

    So proud of you for starting this blog! I hope the dialogue and information will help others and shed light on the stigma of mental health disorders.

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  4. I always pictured a less talented elephant…

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    • bipolarwhisper says:

      I understand that completely. I choose this picture for my last two sentences. “She is always there trying hard to balance on a ball. We try not to let her tip one way or another because we are afraid of how big of a crash she will make.”

      Although sometimes I must say when she demands to be heard she sometimes got talent that even I never knew I had.

      Thank you so much for reblogging my post.

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  5. Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    Stigma: people without mental illnesses, ironically, are the cause of much of the symptomatic burden of those who do.

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  6. glenn2point0 says:

    Good analogy.

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  7. enbystitches says:

    Reblogged this on Enby Stitches and commented:
    I love this! As someone who is neurodivergent, it’s really easy to feel invisible. The stigma surrounding illnesses that aren’t visible in a physical way often get swept under the rug. It really is time for mental health to be taken seriously!

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  8. cavellemartin says:

    Great post! 🙂 I love the way you compare Bipolar Disorder to an elephant balancing on a ball. So true! Even when it’s not front and center, you’re right. You always know it’s there. Best ishes to you! 🙂

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    • bipolarwhisper says:

      Thank you my newest post is I am a tightrope walker it goes a little more in depth. Thank you for taking the time to visit. 🙂


  9. cavellemartin says:

    *wishes* lol sorry

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  10. Tessa says:

    Reblogged this on Tessa Can Do IT! and commented:
    Very well written!

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  11. Cat says:

    I love the elephant analogy and even more that is balancing on a ball.

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  12. bipolarkaype says:

    Love the symbol of the elephant on the ball.

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  14. Psyloki says:

    Reblogged this on mybipolarcycle and commented:
    Fantastically done. I know exactly how you feel. My elephant has destroyed many things in my life.

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