Shameless is a great show that is very popular the last few years. It portrays bipolar in the character Ian very well. Although I think it shows the mania and depression, I think it can be dramatized to fit the need of the show. For example, Ian fakes his brother Lip’s identity to get into the military since he wasn’t 18. He also steals a helicopter, but seems to just get away with it. Some of the scenes can make it seem like people with bipolar disorder are unpredictable, emotional, dangerous, and violent. Although this isn’t the goal, for someone who knows nothing about bipolar disorder it may come off the wrong way.


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