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Bipolar disorder: Destroying misconceptions with science

Bipolar disorder: Destroying misconceptions with science

This week, we give you everything you've ever wanted to know about bipolar disorder (aka manic-depression). We discuss hypomania, dysthymia, depression, mania, euthymia, mixed states, and (attempt to) untangle the complexity of this hugely multifaceted and surprisingly common illness.

Our focus this episode is on blowing the many popular misconceptions out of the water about what is now known to be mostly a biologically-rooted disorder. Recent findings are covered from neuroscience and psychology on the genetic differences, ion channel abnormalities, neurotransmitter alterations, and long-term changes in the brain and body's stress system seen in bipolar patients.

Finally, we bust myths about this deeply misunderstood illness, talk about fighting the associated stigma, and differentiate the disease from borderline personality disorder, from which most of the misconceptions and stereotypes stem. Enjoy!