8 Harmful Myths About People with Bipolar Disorder

With the advent of technology and health information campaigns, more people are becoming aware of the serious medical illness that causes energy shifts, mood swings, and changes in the ability to function. But there are harmful myths as well about people with bipolar disorder. Find out 8 of them.

Myth 1 You can't live a normal life with bipolar disorder.
This is a common misconception for people with bipolar disorder. However, when diagnosed and treated accordingly, a person with a bipolar disorder can still live a normal life, although certain changes and management should be done. Claims from people who have the disorder say that they still live normal and happy lives with the help of various treatment measures. Believing that they can no longer lead a normal life runs the risk of making them feel outcast and unwanted.

Myth 2 Being in a state of mania means being so much happy only.
A person with bipolar disorder in a manic state feels extreme elevation of mood and energy. The person may experience extreme happiness but there are other risks as well. The person may experience severe insomnia, be easily distracted, have flight of ideas, get easily irritated, and many more. A person in a state of mania can get involved in dangerous activities, so it's important to get them the help they need in uncontrollable circumstances.

Myth 3 People with bipolar disorder cannot be trusted with decisions.
People with bipolar disorder are still capable of making sane and rational decisions as long as they comply with the treatment process and stick to the therapy. There are a lot of ways that can help them learn to make trusted decisions. Several informational books also offer help in making healthy decisions for people experiencing the disorder.

Myth 4 You have bipolar disorder when you are happy one moment and sad the next moment.
It is important to know the difference between typical mood swings and having the clinical bipolar disorder. People experience mood swings every once in a while, but if it is becoming severe and causes impairment of relationships and certain areas in a person's daily life, then it can be a medical crisis and a sign of having the bipolar disorder.  To make sure, it is better to seek professional help and visit the doctor.

Myth 5 People with bipolar disorder are dangerous.
Studies show that those who have mental illnesses are more likely to be victims of violence, and less likely to inflict harm than the general population. Rather than judging them as dangerous, it is important to show them love as Jesus would, and give them the support they need.

Myth 6 Medications alone can treat bipolar disease.
Bipolar disorder requires various treatment procedures. Medication along with other therapeutic measures can increase the effectiveness of managing the disorder. The success of the treatment depends on a combination of factors carefully planned and monitored by health care professionals, which explains the need why people with bipolar disorder should submit themselves for a check-up.

Myth 7 People with bipolar disorder should not have children.
People with bipolar disorder can procreate just like anyone else. They should not be deprived of their right to grow and raise children. As long as they get the proper support from their partner and loved ones and comply with the treatment process, then they can still properly parent a child. In addition, when their child experiences mood problems, they can best relate to it and can address and help them accordingly.

Myth 8 People with bipolar disorder should not work.
It is damaging to a person suffering from bipolar disorder to say they are not fit to work. They still have the potential to carry out work. People should help them manage their illness and give them the chance to have a job despite the challenge. Complying to the treatment process will help them show good performance at work.

People with a mental illness like bipolar disorder deserves proper care and attention. They should be given the support and encouragement they need. Instead of depriving them of certain privileges, people with healthy mental conditions should go the extra mile to search and offer ways that can give them the chance to shine and live well despite their disorder. It is also important for people with bipolar disorder to recognize their condition, submit to professional help, and comply to proper treatment process. Having the disease is not a hindrance to excel in certain areas. History has a long list of famous personalities who gained the spotlight and thrived despite having the condition. A person with a bipolar disorder can also help out someone with similar condition. There are a lot of options out there, they just have to be brave enough to face the challenge and see it as an opportunity to strengthen their faith and put their hope in God. After all, every person is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14), and whatever the reason, all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).