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World Bipolar Day 2021

World Bipolar Day 2021

Hi everyone, hope you are doing well!

World Bipolar Day (WBD) is celebrated each year on 30 March, so I thought I would talk a little bit about the bipolar disorder and raise awareness of this.

Before I start writing and before you guys start reading, I’d like you to go and read how this World Bipolar Day anonymous person is finding the way out of chaos. I believe this story can give all of us better insight into what the people affected by this disorder are experiencing.

So, based on my research here are some things I found that bipolar disorder is and isn’t.

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Bipolar disorder, sometimes known as manic-depressive disorder, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. I believe most of the people don’t realise the difficulties that this disorder causes in day-to-day activities.

Symptoms are different from the ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time and can include extreme lows and highs.

When someone experiences the low, or depression, of bipolar disorder, they can feel sad and hopeless and lose interest in activities. Conversely, when someone experiences the high, or mania, of bipolar disorder, they may feel euphoric and full of energy and engage in dangerously risky activities.

Sometimes a mood episode may include both mania and depression, referred to as a mixed state.

WHAT ISN’T BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Like most mental illnesses, bipolar disorder is often misunderstood by people who don’t experience it.

MISCONCEPTION: Bipolar disorder is a rare condition. As of 2017, an estimated 4.4 percent of adults in the U.S. experience bipolar disorder in their lifetime. A number of well-known historical figures and celebrities have had this condition, including Winston Churchill, Kurt Cobain, and Demi Lovato.

MISCONCEPTION: People with bipolar disorder have multiple personalities. Bipolar disorder specifically affects your mood, not your personality.

No two individuals with bipolar disorder will have the same experience.
Fortunately, bipolar disorder is treatable and people with the disorder can lead full and productive lives.

If you know someone with bipolar disorder, make sure you are always there to support them and help them, but seek first to understand and then to be understood.

Thanks for reading,

Ema

 



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