If you have bipolar disorder, you've probably had the pleasure (cough, cough) of dealing with people who feel the need to tell you the "truth" about your illness.
You know who I'm talking about—those who do not live with bipolar disorder, yet have a great deal of advice on how you should approach it.
Some of the opinions I have heard from people that don't live with bipolar disorder include:
Your symptoms aren't necessarily bipolar disorder; everyone goes through mood swings, lack of energy, etc.
You don't need medication to stay well and/or you won't need to be on medication for the rest of your life.
Your illness is not as bad as you make it out to be.
You don't have to think about your bipolar disorder that frequently.
Bipolar disorder is not a real medical illness.
However, people who have real experience with bipolar, including consumers, doctors, and therapists, find it the illness extremely valid, hard to treat, and chronic and lifelong in nature.