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These Are The Bipolar Disorder Myths We Need to Eliminate

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Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders. Here are 13 things that people with Bipolar disorder want you to know. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

When you hear the word bipolar, you may think of Jekyll and Hyde - suddenly switching personalities, or switching between moody to manic all day. The stigma around bipolar disorder is pervasive. To clear things up, here are 13 things people with bipolar disorder want you to know.

  1. Those with the disorder experience symptoms at varying frequencies. They aren’t experiencing symptoms of mania or depression at all times.
  2. Bipolar is misdiagnosed and mistaken for other mental illnesses such as anxiety or schizophrenia.
  3. Diagnosing bipolar disorder can take a long time - up to 10 years, according to some doctors.
  4. Bipolar disorder is experienced differently by different people. Age, illness severity, and medications all play a role in how the disorder manifests.
  5. Sometimes the symptoms of bipolar do not perfectly fit into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  6. People cannot “will” themselves out of a mood episode. They cannot just “snap out of it.”
  7. This disorder lasts a lifetime, and patients must learn to manage accordingly. Therapy and medication play an important role.
  8. People with bipolar disorder are not “crazy” and they are not dangerous.
  9. Mania, the period of high moods and energy, is not always a reinforcing experience. You can feel angry and agitated during the episode.
  10. It is often difficult for someone with bipolar disorder to talk about their experience.
  11. Just like any other health condition, bipolar disorder should be taken seriously.
  12. The best way you can help the ones you love with their bipolar disorder is by becoming educated on the topic.
  13. At the end of the day, with treatment and proper management, people with bipolar disorder can live happy and enjoyable lives.

Stay tuned for our upcoming series on bipolar disorder with Dr. Domenick Sportelli.

Source: SELF


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