13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know
You’ll too often hear that bipolar disorder makes a person switch moods or personality, like Jekyll and Hyde, or that it means a person is moody or manic all the time. But these descriptions of bipolar disorder are incorrect, dismissive, and stigmatizing—the types of stereotypes that so many people living with it hope to do away with.
Because so many aspects of bipolar disorder are misunderstood, we interviewed several people living with a diagnosis about their experiences in order to paint a more accurate and sensitive picture of what bipolar disorder really is, as well as the bipolar disorder facts they wish more people grasped about the mental illness.
We also spoke with Wendy Marsh, M.D., director of the Bipolar Disorders Specialty Clinic and an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Igor Galynker, M.D., associate chairman for research in the department of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, for their expert perspectives. Here are some of the things they want to clear up.
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