Misunderstandings of Bipolar Disorder


When it comes to psychology, everyone has something to say from mental health to psychological disorders. These subjects are always mentioned in daily life and people tend to comment on them with things they learned from movies, books, and other people nevertheless for such a delicate topic, these half true pieces of commentaries aren't needed. Some people’s views on health issues do nothing more than degrade the people that are suffering from them. Some think people create them in their minds because they crave attention. Only a certain amount of people grasps the seriousness of mental health issues and it is especially seen that bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood conditions in the world. One of the biggest misunderstandings is that people associate the bipolar disorder with mild mood swings whereas it actually has extreme highs and lows. Another myth is that there is only one type of bipolar disorder which is completely false. Not all people that have the disorder experience the same things. Every case is unique. The other misunderstanding is that it is a rare illness. In America, around 5.7 million adults are struggling with bipolar disorder each year. This equals 2.6 percent of the adult population. The majority of people that are diagnosed are within the age range of 18 to 29, followed by those 30 to 44, then the 45 to 59 years of age. Even though the median age of bipolar is around 25 years old, the disorder can be seen at any age, as it is pretty common between the ages of 13 to 18 years old. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 2.9 percent of adolescents had bipolar disorder.

 

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