I completely agree with you about
the portrayal of BP and mental illness on TV. It is always so extreme. My hubbie and I actually joke about
it now that whenever we are watching something where someone has gone 'crazy' to the extreme you can bet that in the next few minutes they are going to be going through their medicine cabinet and the Bipolar word is mentioned without fail. Shows like Law and Order and CSI are particularly guilty in my view.
In fact it was partly a show on TV that led my hubbie down the path of getting diagnosed 2.5 years ago. We had seen something which although extreme put a light on for us with my hubbie's behaviour
It does give totally the wrong impression of mental illness though and you are right gives the majority of people a very bad image of people who suffer from this type of thing. Not everyone is a serial killer.