TODAY IS ‘R U OKAY?’ Day here in Australia.
So I thought it appropriate to post some information about the disease I suffer from, Bipolar Disorder II. Feel free to share the information with others if you think it will help.
Estimates of the lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder vary, with studies typically giving values of the order of 1%, with higher figures given in studies with looser definitions of the condition. The onset of full symptoms generally occurs in late adolescence or young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the person’s self-reported experiences, as well as observed behavior. Episodes of abnormality are associated with distress and disruption and an elevated risk of suicide, especially during depressive episodes. In some cases, it can be a devastating long-lasting disorder. In others, it has also been associated with creativity, goal striving, and positive achievements. There is significant evidence to suggest that many people with creative talents have also suffered from some form of bipolar disorder. It is often suggested that creativity and bipolar disorder are linked.
|Bipolar disorder – MayoClinic.com
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|NIMH · Bipolar Disorder
A detailed booklet that describes bipolar disorder symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. This booklet discusses bipolar disorder in adults. For information on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, see the NIMH booklet, "Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent’s Guide."