Bipolar Disorder

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When you hear the words "bipolar disorder," what comes to mind? Images of a 19th century asylum with people chained to the floor? A person who is ranting and raving? A "crazy" person?

You might be surprised to know that 5.7 million adults in America are currently living with bipolar disorder. That's 2.6% of the population.

Other bipolar facts:
  • Only half of people with bipolar disorder will receive a proper diagnosis and treatment
  • 30% of individuals with bipolar disorder will attempt suicide in their lifetime and 20% will "succeed"
  • In general, it will take an average of ten years to get a correct diagnosis
  • Bipolar disorder is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world
  • Bipolar disorder effects men and women equally
  • Bipolar disorder is an inherited disease
  • When one parent is affected, the risk to a child of developing the disorder is 15% to 30%; if both parents are affected, the risk is 50% to 75%
  • Women are more likely than men to have rapid cycling and mixed episodes (both depression and hypomania occurring at the same time
Source: Bipolar Lives

Definition of Bipolar Disorder: 

Bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — causes mood swings that range from of the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may only occur only a few times a year, or as often as several times a day. In some cases, bipolar disorder causes symptoms of depression and mania at the same time.
Although bipolar disorder is a disruptive, long-term condition, you can keep your moods in check by following a treatment plan. In most cases, bipolar disorder can be controlled with medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy).

Source: Mayo Clinic

Important Information: 

If you are thinking about harming yourself, or know someone who is, we advise you to get help immediately by doing one or all of the following:

  1. Call your doctor.
  2. Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things.
  3. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.
  4. Make sure you or the suicidal person are not left alone.
 (Source: Ask A