Living with Bipolar Disorder, myths and beliefs

Living with Bipolar Disorder, myths and beliefs

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When a person is diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, it is normal that at first you feel fear, skepticism and rejection towards diagnosis, and it is that you feel overwhelmed by the idea of ​​having such a disease. Such is the reluctance that some even, instead of starting a treatment, continue with their lives, drawing as many episodes can before accepting the situation. However, an accurate diagnosis is a first step to recovery.

Bipolar Disorder changes the course of life of those who suffer from it, as well as those around them, but that does not mean that great things cannot be done.

With a treatment and proper self-care strategies, people with Bipolar Disorder can lead productive and successful lives.

Beliefs and myths about Bipolar Disorder

Besides of Unjustified stigma surrounding Bipolar DisorderThere are many misconceptions about their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. These are some of the myths that still exist:

  • People cause their own disorder. Bipolar Disorder is caused by a complex interaction of genetic, biological and environmental factors.
  • Mood swings are not that problematic. If the disorder is not treated, it can wreak havoc on the life of a person and those around them. Both medical and psychotherapeutic treatment are required.
  • They will never be normal. Many patients initially feel that they will not be able to achieve their goals, that being bipolar will prevent them from getting married or getting the job of their dreams, but even though their life may require certain changes, this does not prevent them from pursuing their dreams.
  • Bipolar Disorder is easy to diagnose. It is often very difficult to diagnose Bipolar Disorder based on an initial visit, so it must be a clinical psychologist specializing in bipolar disorder who makes the diagnosis. And is that the awareness they have of themselves changes with the mood.
  • Medical treatment is worse than the disease. Many people believe that the medication can be worse than the disease because of the possible dependence on drugs. That is why some people may experience a bad reaction to taking certain medications, but well controlled and adjusted by the specialist, the medication It is very beneficial in these cases, in fact it is key to the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.

Who to tell you have a Bipolar Disorder

Having a support system is essential in the successful management of Bipolar Disorder. But it is normal to have doubts about who to tell and who not. According to experts it is advisable to be very selective in this regard. It should not feel like a secret or something taboo, but it is advisable to realize that people's reactions are very variable. Because many people do not understand the disease, patients may feel disappointed after revealing that Bipolar Disorder to certain people and see their reactions.

There are patients who have positive experiences in this aspect, but for others it is not always the case, so that it is better not to rush, especially when talking with someone from the work environment, for example.

And is that family members and the workplace or study are very different things. It may be better to consult your therapist or doctor first before doing so. Ask yourself: "What can happen?", "How can I get hurt?" Consider all possibilities before giving certain personal information, either this or any other kind to people who are not from your closest or trusted circle.

In any case, if you feel ready to reveal your diagnosis, do it easily, without drama and think that it is very useful to give correct information about the disorder, since myths abound.

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