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World Bipolar Disorder Day: Challenge Stigma and Promote Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
Friday 30th March is World Bipolar Disorder Day and with the prevalence of Bipolar Disorder in the world today it is a disorder we would all do well to pay attention to.
Rates of bipolar disorder are very similar from country to country—about 1.1% of the population over the age of 18 (source: NIMH) - or to put it another way, as many as 51 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder at any one time including:
• 12 million people in China
A recent study conducted on the prevalence of bipolar disorder in Africa indicates that it is a major mental health problem that remains largely undiagnosed in thousands of people across the continent.
Bipolar disorder is often a misunderstood and misdiagnosed illness and the stigma with which it is associated often prevents people from seeking the urgent care and treatment they need. World Bipolar Day, is a global initiative designed to create awareness about the illness and eliminate social stigma.
Like other illnesses that affect the body, bipolar disorder needs to be treated with medication. There is no shame in having the disorder and those living it with it deserve support and encouragement.
Guest blogger, Tracey Ruff, sent me an article about Bipolar Disorder Day which I think is worth sharing. She explains why treatment is so beneficial and the “My Therapy” App she is promoting sounds like the answer to helping you to remember to take your medication.
Read her article here.
If you would like to know more about Bipolar Disorder, you can also read my article: Understanding Bipolar Disorder.
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