Debunking Myths about Bipolar Disorders

Debunking Myths about Bipolar Disorders

Myth 1: Bipolar disorder is just mood swings.

Reality: Bipolar disorder involves more than ordinary mood swings. While mood swings are a hallmark feature, bipolar disorder entails distinct episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression that significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life. These episodes can last for weeks or even months and may require medical intervention for stabilization. At Newstone Behavioral Health we offer adequate tools to diagnose and treat Bipolar Disorder. 

Bipolar disorder encompasses two main types of episodes: manic/hypomanic episodes and depressive episodes. During manic or hypomanic episodes, individuals may experience heightened energy levels, euphoria, racing thoughts, increased talkativeness, impulsivity, and a reduced need for sleep. In contrast, depressive episodes in bipolar disorder are characterized by profound sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, fatigue, changes in appetite or weight, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Importantly, bipolar disorder involves distinct periods of stability between episodes, during which individuals may experience relatively normal mood and functioning. These periods of stability help differentiate bipolar disorder from conditions characterized by chronic mood instability, such as borderline personality disorder. Recognizing the distinguishing features of bipolar episodes is essential for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. While mood swings are a core aspect of bipolar disorder, the condition involves much more than ordinary fluctuations in mood.

Myth 2: Bipolar disorder is rare.

Reality: Bipolar disorder is more common than often perceived. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), bipolar disorder affects approximately 45 million people globally. Despite its prevalence, many cases remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to a lack of awareness and stigma surrounding mental health.

At Newstone Behavioral Health, we are committed to staying up to date on the latest research to provide evidence-based care for individuals living with bipolar disorder. We are dedicated to offering comprehensive evaluations, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support to help individuals manage bipolar disorder effectively.

Myth 3: Bipolar disorder is untreatable.

Reality: While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it is highly treatable. A combination of medication, therapy, and self-care strategies can effectively manage symptoms and support recovery. Individuals with bipolar disorder need to work closely with mental health professionals to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs and circumstances. Newstone Behavioral Health is equipped to provide necessary treatment plans for individuals.

Common Treatments provided by Newstone Behavioral Health include:

  • Assessment after which we develop a care plan that includes the following:
  • Medications
  • Encourage therapy
  • Encourage a strong support system
  • Education 
  • Manage stress
  • Sleep routine
  • Exercise
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs
  • Self Care
  • Track Mood
  • Healthy Food

However, we offer individualized treatment addressing each case uniquely and require follow-up appointments as necessary. As outlined in the previous discussion, bipolar disorders are very complex and require professional diagnosis and treatments. Newstone Behavioral Health possesses all the necessary tools to diagnose and treat such disorders. 


Dispelling myths about bipolar disorder is crucial for promoting understanding, empathy, and support for those affected by this complex condition. Newstone Behavioral Health prioritizes evidence-based approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. Our team of mental health professionals understands the complexities of the disorder and provides comprehensive assessments, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support to individuals and their families. At Newstone Behavioral Health, our efforts to challenge these misconceptions and provide accurate information, can reduce stigma and encourage individuals with bipolar disorder to seek help and access the resources they need to lead fulfilling lives. 

Sources Consulted

National Alliance on Mental Illness (2024) - "Bipolar Disorder" - https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Bipolar-Disorder

 World Health Organization. (2024) "Bipolar Disorder" - https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/bipolar-disorder

National Institute of Mental Health. (2024) - "Bipolar Disorder" - https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml