Bipolar Disorder

9 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Street signs that point to myths and facts.

Everyone has their ups and downs, so mine aren’t that serious.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder.

Bipolar is characterized by mood swings ranging from severely depressed to wildly manic.

Mania is like being on top of the world—if you could only put it in a bottle and sell it.

Medications are all you need to combat bipolar disorder.

Lower quality of life and sluggish cognition are fair trade-offs for reducing mood symptoms and remaining stable.

Bipolar is who I am.

My goal is to return to normal.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you can forget about leading a rewarding life.

John McManamy

John McManamy

John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.