I found this article about bipolar disorder and I just had to talk about these myths.
Myth: People with bipolar mood swings cycle between moods within a few hours.
Fact: The cycling is not that fast with most cases of bipolar disorder. Most people only have 3 - 4 cycles per year. My schizoaffective disorder is of the bipolar type, but I've never actually been manic on my own. I just got manic with certain medicines.
Myth: Manic people are happy.
Fact: Actually, people in manic episodes can be aggressive and agitated. It's not fun.
Myth: Bipolar is easy to diagnose. You can just use a quick test.
Fact: There is no test for bipolar disorder. It is actually difficult to diagnose. It takes time to witness the person have manic and depressive episodes. It took me almost a year to get diagnosed.
Myth: Bipolar sufferers are always unstable.
Fact: Many people can be stabilized with medicine and therapy. They can live normal lives, they just have to work hard to take care of themselves to keep from having symptoms again.