Bipolar is not a ‘personality’ disorder. It is not an unnatural ‘behavioural’ pattern e.g. Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or Antisocial/Psychopathic Personality Disorder etc. It is a chemical imbalance disease (like Schizophrenia but also like Diabetes) and therefore both physiological and psychological in nature. A Bipolar individual is ego-dystonic i.e. s/he is cognisant of her/his condition and recognises it as a problem and does not like it. Unlike NPDs and BPDs who think they ‘do not’ have a problem. That is why Bipolar Disorder does not include the word ‘personality’ in its name.
Artwork by Shawn Coss