These are the most common misconceptions of bipolar disorder, according to someone who lives with it

  • Bipolar disorder is characterised by manic and depressive episodes.
  • It shouldn’t be romanticised, said Katherine Ponte, who has lived with bipolar 1 for 15 years.
  • People tend to be in the depressive episodes longer than the manic ones.
  • But it’s the manic episodes that “get you in trouble.”

Mental health disorders can be wrongly portrayed in film and television, often being shown as more romantic, dramatic, or dangerous than they really are. So people can often end up with ideas about them that aren’t accurate.

Bipolar disorder is no different.

Katherine Ponte, founder of ForLikeMinds, spoke to INSIDER about what it’s been like to live with bipolar 1 disorder for the past 15 years — and the most common misconceptions that exist around bipoar.

Bipolar 1 is characterised by manic episodes, depressive episodes, and potentially some psychosis. Bipolar 2 is a different disorder where the episodes of mania are less severe, often called hypomania.  more

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