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Bipolar Disorder

9 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder

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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.