In this post, I would like to explain what is Bipolar Disorder and expose the recent facts and statistics toward this mental illness that causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior–from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other.
I also wanted to get over the bias against these mentally ills, remembering that they could be as victims for themselves as potential agressive people.
Jeffrey Applebaum, a Family Medicine physician at UC Davis, presents an overview on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in the primary care setting. Series: « UC Grand Rounds »
« Bipolar disorder is just one of many mental illnesses that is still highly stigmatized in our culture today, and ‘Up/Down’ could certainly be instrumental in changing that fact. » Microfilmmaker Magazine
Bipolar and drug abuse
Increased Risk of Substance Abuse Seen in Young Adults With Bipolar Disorder
Alcoholism and bipolar
Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Anger and rage
Violent crime in bipolar disorder is almost entirely attributable to drug or alcohol abuse, not mental ill health
Sometimes an individual displays behavior symptomatic of both bipolar and borderline personality disorder
Bipolar Support and Self-Help