Our expert says:
I really doubt that Britney has Bipolar, but I do agree that it has become curiously fashionable, and is probably seriously over-diagnosed ( while occasionally under-diagnosed, as well ) . I haven't the faintest doubt that it is one of the many excuses used by some to excuse sheer bad behaviour or stupidity.
In fact, whatever disorder one has, including Bipolar, doesn't absolve one of the duty to behave properly just because at times it may be a bit harder to do so. And Manipulativeness is a psonality trait and NOT, absolutely NOT a feature of Bipolar Disorder. Indeed, much of what you seem to be describing is spoiled, bad behaviour of an over-indulged and under-occupied person, and not at all features of Bipolar Disorder.
Dowes it have to be either / or ? Maybe you have Bipolar Disorder, now controlled by the meds, and personality and behaviour problems that would respond better to CBT.
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