Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that affects the daily lives of many people. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, “[a]nxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older”.
But what about OCD?
Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million Americans, and as the number of cases continues to rise, so do the myths associated with it. Bipolar disorder, commonly referred to as manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder characterized by individual experiencing extreme manic episodes which are followed by equally extreme depressive episodes. The term bipolar refers to the cycling between high and low episodes (poles). There is an increased awareness of bipolar disorder due to an increased diagnosis rate; but, the increased awareness is leading to the development of numerous myths surrounding the disorder. In a recently published article, “8 Myths about Bipolar Disorder,” Web MD discusses and relieves the most common myths about bipolar disorder.