Bipolar DisorderMyths

10 Top Myths About Bipolar Disorder

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Matúš Kovačovský

Unhappy woman on the edge of a bed.

MYTH: Bipolar Disorder is Just Extreme Moodiness.

Blurry image of woman experiencing mood swings

MYTH: Bipolar Disorder Includes Only Symptoms of Mania and Depression.

Sad man crying, close up of face

MYTH: Bipolar Depression is Weepy, Sad, and Hopeless.

Girl dancing happily in field
Quan Nguy N

MYTH: Bipolar Mania is Happy and Joyful!

Sexy couple in bed

MYTH: Manic Hyper-sexuality is Fun.

Restless woman in bed
Megan te Boekhorst

MYTH: People with Bipolar Sleep Like Regular People.

Prescription bottles lined up, out-of-focus man in the background

MYTH: Medication Should be the First-Line Treatment for Bipolar Disorder.

Man pouring pills out of bottle into hand

MYTH: It’s Safe to Use SSRIs as a Treatment for Bipolar Depression.

Woman rolling cannabis joint

MYTH: Marijuana Can Help People with Bipolar.

Senior man sitting on bench looking down
Huy Phan

MYTH: Bipolar Gets Better as You Get Older.

Julie A. Fast

Julie A. Fast


Julie A. Fast is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed, and The Health Cards. Julie won the Mental Health America Journalism Award for the best mental health column in the U.S. and was the recipient of the Eli Lily Reintegration award for her work in bipolar disorder advocacy. Julie is CEU certified and regularly trains health care professionals, including psychiatric residents, social workers, therapists, and general practitioners on bipolar disorder and mental health management skills. She was the original consultant for Claire Danes for the show "Homeland" and is on the mental health expert registry for People Magazine. She is a sought-after coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder.