About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. I suffer from bi-polar disorder. I know there is A LOT of stigma attached to it. A lot of people still are ashamed to admit their diagnosis. I don’t blame them. I’ve had heartless people in my life deny any choices I’ve made or feelings I’ve had by simply saying that it must be my bi-polar kicking in, if what I choose to do or how I feel doesn’t coincide with their own opinions.
    I think that it is great the big stars are coming out of the proverbial closet with their condition. It makes it easier to cope and for people to relate to the disease.
    In answer to your question, no I don’t think it is more common now. I just think that it is more easily diagnosed these days and since people in the media are showing it is ok to admit to being bi-polar and it isn’t a weakness or some horrible abnormality. So it makes it easier to share with the rest of the world without fear of being labeled as insane or unbalanced.
    Also with advances in medicine and therapy it also makes it easier to find ways to function in today’s world.

    • I think you are right. It’s not more prevalent, just more treated. Medicine has come a long way in recent years – but we have a lot further to go. Some theorize that the Salem Witch Trials was based on people’s harsh judgement of people who were differently abled. It’s horrible how people get treated for something they can not control.


  2. My daughter is bi-polar. It was such a struggle when she was young as we really had no idea what was going on with her. And Dr’s, most weren’t very helpful and some even wrote her off as a ‘bad kid’ or we were ‘bad parents’… We didn’t know how to help her. We lucked into a terrific Dr who finally was able to diagnosis her and we were so relieved to finally have a plan. There’s such a stigma surrounding this it’s very sad to hear some things people say… you’re crazy, you’re a psycho on and on…
    I absolutely agree. I don’t think it’s more prevalent but more diagnosed. And thankfully at that!

  3. I think it’s wonderful that people are becoming more open. I’ve had some issues myself, due to an abusive and traumatizing childhood and I’ve slowly become more open. I don’t tell everyone, but if a situation arises where I could encourage someone else, I will say something.

  4. I think it is a lot harder to ignore the mental illnesses. Things get worse and they need to be taken care of and the more we talk about them the better they will be.

  5. It does seem like a lot more people talk about mental illnesses these days. I think the stigma is definitely decreasing and perhaps people feel more comfortable opening up. On the other hand, it seems like a lot of doctors are very quick to diagnose now, too. I actually had a doctor diagnose me with bipolar disorder and hand me a box of pills. His technique was awful and I chose to completely ignore the whole appointment. He was so impersonal and he just read questions and checked off boxes the whole time. It seemed like he was on WebMD on his tablet. It was such an impersonal experience and completely inaccurate. I have issues, yes, but I don’t think I’m full-blown bipolar. I just hope that everyone does their homework and gets a second opinion before taking heavy doses of meds. There’s a lot more to this story, but I am rambling! 🙂 Overall I am glad that people talk about this topic now!

    • I think that a lot of general doctors do a lot of diagnosing that they may not be exactly qualified to do {just a personal opinion}.

      A few years ago I went to a doctor because I kept getting bronchitis {like 4 and 5 times a year}. I went to this doc repeatedly and he sent me for all kinds of tests that were not necessary {gall bladder test, anyone?}. Finally, when he couldn’t figure out why I kept getting bronchitis he told me that I “must” just be depressed. Um, no. I went to another doctor, a holistic one, and he diagnosed me with asthma – in the first visit. He listened to me, ran one test and Voila! Years later I am fine, and I rarely ever get a respiratory infection or bronchitis anymore. All it took was some asthma meds. I hope I see that first doc out somewhere so that I can tell him to kiss it. 🙂

      I think a lot of doctors {not all} have a real problem accepting defeat – that they just can’t figure it out. So instead of referring you elsewhere, they diagnose, with no thought as to whether it is right or not. And no thought as to how it will affect you. I am sorry that you had that experience, Jennifer.


  6. Interesting. Thank you so much for sharing this information.