BRAVO! YOU TELL ‘EM!
Sometimes a show, movie, or book will portray a mental illness flawlessly. Oftentimes, though, the media wrongly portrays this. I’m here today to bring light to common misconceived mood and personality disorders.
I’ll start with Bipolar Disorder
Let me clarify what bipolar disorder actually is: It’s a cycle of feeling manic (High energy, good mood, feeling powerful, etc.) and depressed (Low mood, low energy, etc.). Here’s the thing that most people might not realize about bipolar disorder: These cycles will last for days/weeks/months. Mood swings that happen in one day are not bipolar disorder.
Silver Linings Playbook seems to portray bipolar disorder well.
A manic phase might look something like this:
A depressive state in the same person could look like this:
Some people even have mania and depression at the same time. It feels as horrible as it looks, I would imagine:
Bipolar disorder isn’t merely mood swings. To…
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