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WORLD BIPOLAR DAY:

CHOOSE TO BE INFORMED

Bipolar disorder carries with it countless stigma and misconceptions that lead to prejudice, thus making it more difficult for patients to seek help as this causes them to hide their mental illness rather than talk about it. It is for this reason that we celebrate World Bipolar Day every year on March 30 - to put the spotlight and raise awareness towards understanding the condition. The goal is to improve sensitivity toward the illness and the patients, helping them to choose to be treated rather than hide.

“Bipolar disorder is a lifelong and recurring illness. Its management does not only involve taking medications but also through regular therapy.”

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Bipolar disorder can be a lifelong mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. It affects how you feel and your mood can change massively. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe which can affect areas in your life such as work, school and relationships.


WHAT CAUSES BIPOLAR DISORDER?

To this day, it is unclear as to what really causes the disorder, although research suggests it can be a combination of several factors. These are as follows:
• Genetics
• Brain chemical imbalance
• Stressful life events


HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER DIAGNOSED?

As bipolar disorder can affect individuals differently and also has symptoms similar to other mental illnesses, bipolar disorder can be hard to diagnose. The best way to know if you have the condition is through constant consultations with your doctor.

HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER TREATED?

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong and recurring illness. Its management does not only involve taking medications but also through regular therapy. It is still best to discuss with your doctor your available choices for treatment.


CHOOSE TO GET BETTER

If you suspect that you or your loved one might have bipolar disorder, the best thing to do is to immediately consult your doctor. By doing so, you will learn the proper course of action in dealing with the condition. But the first step towards management is to personally choose and decide to get better. Being afraid will not help, and might even worsen the situation.

FIGHT THE STIGMA DURING WORLD BIPOLAR DAY

Bipolar disorder is a condition that gets more manageable the more you acquire more knowledge about it. Whether you are the patient or someone who has regular interactions with a person with bipolar disorder, you need to equip yourself with the essential information to better manage the condition. This World Bipolar Day, you can do a lot to enlighten and be enlightened. Fight the stigma and provide everyone a more conducive environment where it is easier to seek proper help.

Be one with the world in celebration of World Bipolar Day. Share this article to spread the word about the condition that affects so many lives. Fight the stigma!

REFERENCES
https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/about-mental-illness/learn-more-about- conditions/bipolar-disorder/


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