Bipolar Disorder Articles

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If you've been looking for information on bipolar disorder, you have probably realized that there are thousands of articles on that topic (and nearly every other topic) available on the internet. The ease with which we can find information these days is wonderful for being an informed patient and personal advocate, but how do you know which articles you can trust?

Here are a few quick questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether an article you're reading is trustworthy:

  • What site am I on? Websites with a .gov address, such as the National Institute of Mental Health, generally provide very reliable information on bipolar disorder, but you may not find everything you need there. When evaluating other sites, look at things like how recently the information was updated, how long the site has been around, whether it seems professionally designed, and whether you can easily find out who created the site from an About Us or Contact page.
  • Who wrote this article? Can you tell? An article published by someone willing to sign their name to it is more trustworthy than one published anonymously.
  • Is this fact or opinion? Many people write opinion pieces as if they are fact, something that can be downright dangerous when you're talking about articles on medical conditions like bipolar disorder. Look for signs the article is based on research, such as references to studies, or for facts that can be quickly verified elsewhere. If the article says one thing you know to be false, be suspicious of the rest as well.
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