World Bipolar Day helps to raise awareness and reduce social stigma. It promotes acceptance of serious mental health conditions. Bipolar disorder affects 27 million people worldwide. It is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world.
Mental health issues need to be handled with proper care. Because it is not a mere joke. People can die due to some of these. Liverpool reports 28,000 bipolar cases every year. Having a mental health condition is troubling at the best of times. Routines are often used to help manage the symptoms. No matter what the disorder, as we are in the middle of a lockdown and there is panic over the coronavirus pandemic, some of these routines have been thrown out of the window.
Today, 30 March 2020 is celebrated as World Bipolar Day. Let us understand the mental health issue now.
What is World Bipolar Day?
UK reports 1-2% of the population to experience the condition. It affects 1.3 million people in the British capital (around one in 50 people).
The disorder can have a devastating effect not only on the mental health of the person diagnosed, but it can also severely strain relationships with family and friends. Bipolar disorder causes the swing in severe low moods and high, manic moods.
Today is #WorldBipolarDay and to celebrate, our Peer Ambassadors with a #livedexperience of #bipolar have kindly shared their thoughts with us. Thank you for your words Matt. ❤️You can find out more about #bipolardisorder through our factsheet here: https://t.co/2FhyHhC55D pic.twitter.com/N8BjmDfZ4n
— SANE Australia (@SANEAustralia) March 30, 2020
What are the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?
- Extreme mood swings which can range from extremely manic highs to depressingly low.
- You will suffer from depression, sadness, and hopelessness.
- Lack of energy is seen. Because of this suicidal thoughts enter your mind.
- In the manic phase, you may feel overjoyed with happiness.
- Experiencing hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking.
A person in the manic phase can also make decisions or say things that are out of character and that others see as risky or harmful.
What to do if you suffer from bipolar disorder?
The NHS advises that if you feel you may have bipolar disorder you should contact your GP, stressing “a diagnosis should always be undertaken by an appropriately trained medical professional”.
The GP may then refer you to a specialist – usually a psychiatrist. But, in the COVID-19 pandemic self-help groups closed. Stay home, stay safe. You should stop worrying much. Anxiety leads to panic attacks. Care is to be taken by staying at home.