A bold question - one fraught with potential for being slated for asking - but there is a reason to this debate. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, this is definitely a debateable question. I know someone who has through psychotherapist appointments been informed that they have been abused by their ex partner. This ex-partner of theirs, has been diagnosed with bi-polar, although I am still on the fence regarding whether or not to believe it (in that instance). I also have 2 work colleagues who claim they are bi-polar, but I am again not sure I want to believe them and be sucked into getting any form of abuse as a result, knowing that the person I know has been treated badly by the bi-polar suffering ex, and if it wasn't for a network of support around them, they wouldn't be here today. I may have limited dealings with these people, I may have a really restricted knowledge that I can read up more on, but unless I was to be proven otherwise, I'd be inclined to say it is as possible that bi-polar people are as abusive as those who they claim to be so. Also I have my own views because of ongoing issues regarding a particular source where I am on one side and a bi-polar sufferer is on the other.