Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder

Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder

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25-Jan-2021 - 1 min read

Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. It could lead to risky behaviors, damaged relationships, careers and suicidal tendencies.

Stereotypically, misleading statements have been popularised about bipolar disorder. Projected below are five myths about bipolar disorder.

Myth: Bipolar disorder can be cured naturally.

Fact: There is currently no cure for Bipolar disorder. However, some lifestyle adaptations could help, alongside the medication. It could be managed by avoiding stress, and maintaining consistent sleeping, eating, and exercising routines.

Myth: Bipolar disorder is a rare condition

Fact : Bipolar disorder is a widely common condition. There are more than 1.5 million cases in Nigeria. Also known with 2 million plus adults in the United States.

Myth : People with Bipolar Disorder are always depressed

Fact: A person with bipolar disorder may not always experience a major depressive episode. They may also experience frequent shifts in mood. They may sometimes experience what’s referred to as a “mixed episode,” which has features of both mania and depression at the same time.

Myth: Children do not get bipolar disorder

Fact: Bipolar disorder is universal to adults and kids. It is very possible in children. Although bipolar disorder more commonly develops in older teenagers and young adults, it can appear in children as young as 6.

Myth: Genes don't play a role in bipolar disorder

Fact: Researchers have noted a possible connection between family history and bipolar disorder. Your risk further increases if the family member with the condition is a close relative. But genes aren't the full explanation behind bipolar disorder. Many people who get the illness don't have a family history of it.

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