Ad posted on the Nectar Madness Blog, where I first saw it.
I am of mixed feelings about the ad. It’s good to know that major leaders can have mental illnesses. But I’m not so sure I like the ‘win’ part. It implies that we can get past having mood swings and move on in our lives without worry, instead of having to manage them for the rest of our lives.
And the ad subtly sends the wrong message to people without mental illnesses. I can see someone saying to me “Why can’t you just fix your mood swings” with the implication that somehow it’s all my fault that I haven’t gotten over being bipolar, that I haven’t tried hard enough to win.
I would have preferred if it said ‘were successful in spite of having to cope with mental illness all their lives’. Though I suppose it’s not quite as good a sound bite.
Still, kudos to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for having ad about mental illness and success.