It’s hard to think of myself as an immigrant even though I was not born here. I came to the U.S. with my family when I was only six years old.
I don’t tell most of the people I know that I’m bipolar. I fear that they won’t believe me if I explain that I’m just like everyone else when I take my medication. I also fear that they won’t understand that my illness is a result of trauma, not some sinister pathology rooted in Islam.