Due to inaccurate and harmful portrayals of bipolar disorder in the media, numerous misconceptions are believed by the general public. These misconceptions can lead to overarching stigma and misunderstanding, which can be detrimental to individuals with bipolar disorder. Alta Loma Transformational Services hopes to debunk common myths and misconceptions to help others better understand this mental health disorder. Through these explanations, we hope to reduce stigmas and improve life for those currently struggling.

“Bipolar disorder only happens in adults.”

While common portrayals of bipolar disorder typically show adults struggling with the condition, symptoms can appear in younger individuals as well. In fact, bipolar is often diagnosed in the late teen years or early adulthood. This means that anyone can display symptoms, and it is essential to recognize them to get others the help they need.

“All bipolar individuals are the same.”

On the outside looking in, it can seem that all people with bipolar disorder have the same symptoms. However, there are two main types of bipolar disorder characterized by different symptoms. Bipolar I disorder, for example, is associated with severe mania and depression, while Bipolar II is associated with hypomania and severe depression. These distinctions are essential to give individuals the best chance at successful management of the disorder.

“People with bipolar disorder are dangerous.”

Television shows and movies often dramatize the symptoms of bipolar disorder to add to the theatrics of the program. While individuals not taking their medication or engaging in substance abuse may be more prone to violence, they are more likely to harm themselves than others. It is better to help someone get help than to shy away due to fear of them being dangerous. Have caution, but be knowledgeable.

“Those with bipolar disorder don’t contribute to society.”

A common stigma associated with mental health disorders, especially bipolar disorder, is that individuals struggling with them are not contributing members of society. Many believe that they can’t keep a job, stable housing, raise a family, or be productive. However, these beliefs result from unfair stigmas and are 100% false. With proper treatment and management of the disorder, individuals can live life normally, just like anyone else. They can go to school, have a career, raise a family, and be a productive member of society.

Because of misunderstandings, fear, and the dramatization of bipolar disorder in the media, the general population often believes the unfair and harmful myths concerning the condition. At Alta Loma Transformational Services, we hope to destigmatize the disorder by educating others through debunking the myths related to it. We also hope to reach those currently struggling to inform them of our treatment programs related to mental health and substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling, Alta Loma’s comprehensive care programs for men can help you find success in recovery. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.