Do you know what musician Demi Lavato, comedian Russul Brand, and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones all have in common? According to Healthline, they, like millions of others, are all living with bipolar disorder.
Even though we are learning more and more each day about Bipolar Disorder, there still remains many misconceptions about it. I wanted to share with you some of the myths and facts, so you can be informed with knowledge and help end the stigma.
According to Healthline, here are eight harmful misconceptions:
- Bipolar is a rare disorder- in fact, it affects 2 million adults in the United States alone.
- Bipolar is just mood swings, which everyone has- in fact, the highs and lows of bipolar disorder are very different from common mood swings. Individuals with bipolar disorders experience extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep that are not typical for them.
- There is only one type of bipolar disorder- in fact, there are four basic types of bipolar disorder, and the experience is different per individual. (1) Bipolar I, (2) Bipolar II, (3) Cyclothymic disorder (4) Bipolar disorder otherwise not specified
- Bipolar disorder can be cured with diet and exercise- in fact, it is a lifelong illness and there is no cure. It can be well managed with medication and talk therapy.
- Mania is productive. You are in a good mood and fun to be around- in fact, a manic person may feel good at first, but without treatment can become detrimental and even terrifying.
- Artists with bipolar disorder will lose their creativity if they get treatment- in fact, treatment will allow you to think more clearly, which will likely improve your work.
- People with bipolar disorder are always either manic or depressed- in fact, they can experience long periods of even, balanced mood called euthymia; however, they can also experience a “mixed mood”, which has features of both mania and depression at the same time.
- All medications for bipolar disorder are the same- in fact, it might take some trial and error to find the medication that works for you. Something that works for one person might not work for another person.
Accorinding to Healthline, 1 out 5 people are diagnosed with a mental illness, including bipolar disorder. I have responded well to my medication and therapy. My daily life is normal, and my relationships are stronger than ever. I have not had an episode since being diagnosed in over a year. I have a successful career. Since getting treatment, my marriage and our family life is stronger as well.
I share this with you so you can understand and if it can help one person than I have done my job. Feel free to share.