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On the 30th March 2020 it is World Bipolar Day. This awareness day takes place every year and is run by Bipolar UK. Their aim is to raise awareness of the disorder and bust myths, through the power of social media.

They are asking people to use the hashtag #worldbipolarday on their social media accounts up until the 30th March to normalise conversations around mental health.

What is Bipolar disorder?

According to the DSM-5, bipolar disorders are a group of disorders that cause extreme fluctuation in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function.

Symptoms include:

  • Extreme highs (mania)
  • Extreme lows (depression)
  • The cycling between extreme highs and lows
  • Delusions, hallucinations or illogical thinking

The facts about Bipolar:

  • Between 1-2% of us experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar (*)
  • Having bipolar disorder can increase the risk of suicide by as much as 20 times (**)
  • Misdiagnosis is a common occurrence before bipolar is diagnosed. This can lead to wrong medication being prescribed. (***)

Bipolar UK:

Bipolar UK offer a range of services and support for those affected by bipolar. These include:

  • A peer support line
  • Support groups near you
  • Information for family and friends
  • Online eCommunity
  • Crisis support
  • Employment support

You can find these resources here: https://www.bipolaruk.org/

At The Eaves, we have counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists who are experienced in supporting those with bipolar disorder. If you are looking for someone to speak to, please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who would be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you.

 

References:

(*) Merikangas KR, Peters TL, Update on the Epidemiology of Bipolar Disorder. In Yatham LN, Maj M “Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Neurobiological Foundations”, Chapter 6, page 52-61. Wiley-Blackwell UK, 2010.

(**) Dome, P., Rihmer, Z., & Gonda, X. (2019). Suicide risk in bipolar disorder: a brief review. Medicina, 55(8), 403.

(***) Ghaemi, S. N., Boiman, E. E., & Goodwin, F. K. (2000). Diagnosing bipolar disorder and the effect of antidepressants: a naturalistic study. J clin Psychiatry, 61(10).