I think bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses today. I mean, really – how many times have you heard people say, “Oh, my God, she is so bipolar!” whenever a person happens to be able to experience more than one mood?
You might’ve even said it yourself once or twice.
The truth is, there are different types of bipolar disorder (think Type I, Type II, Cyclothymia, and Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), various other disorders often co-exist with bipolar disorder (such as anxiety disorders and substance abuse/addiction), bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as or for conditions like depression and borderline personality disorder, and, yes, a person can be happy one minute and sad the next and not have bipolar disorder.
Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona recently addressed the Oxford Union about her battle with bipolar disorder during what she claimed was to be a “nothing off limits” question and answer session and during what I hoped would help educate a lot of people about bipolar disorder, or at least give them some insight about the disorder from someone who’s been there.