Between television shows and societal conversations, bipolar disorder is often misconstrued. Many shows portray someone with bipolar disorder as being “crazy” or “untrustworthy”, and common phrases involving this disorder are rarely spoken in truth. Bipolar disorder has often been used as an adjective to describe the weather, or to describe someone who seems “out of control”. The ways in which bipolar disorder is used in conversation are merely fictional – there is a lot more than meets the eye. The International Bipolar Foundation has noted 4 main misconceptions revolving around this disorder:

Myth: Bipolar means mood swings, which we all get.

Fact: The moods experienced with bipolar disorder are unlike those who do not have it – they are much more severe and unexpected, and affect daily functions at school, work, or home.

Myth: For people with bipolar disorder, all their moods occur due to their condition.

Fact: Bipolar disorder does not define anyone – each person has a personality and does experience justified moods outside of their disorder.

Myth: Mania is productive.

Fact: According to WebMD, mania involves feelings of racing thoughts, heightened energy, needing less sleep, taking more risky actions, having more intense sense and a feeling of euphoria. While mild forms of this can make a person more productive, prolonged mania can cause irritation and dangerous, risky decisions that can get the person in trouble.

Myth: There is only one type of bipolar disorder.

Fact: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance notes that there are several types of bipolar disorder – Bipolar 1 Disorder, Bipolar 2 Disorder, Cyclothymia and Rapid Cycling are just a few other forms of bipolar disorder.

The best way to know if you have bipolar disorder is to seek help from a licensed healthcare professional. From there, an assessment can be conducted and diagnosis can occur. Although the symptoms of bipolar disorder may feel unsettling, there are treatment options to help you develop tools to better work through and with these symptoms. Treatment for bipolar disorder often includes support groups, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, family therapy, and psychotherapy.

If you believe you may have bipolar disorder, speak with someone from New Vista Behavioral Health today. We offer several various treatment centers that are distraction-free and home-like. Our facilities include Simple Recovery, Avalon Malibu, and Infinity Treatment Centers, all of which are California state-licensed and client-focused. No matter which facility you choose, you will be well taken care of. Call us today at 855-577-0113 to begin your journey to recovery.


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