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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

March 30, 2022

There are several aspects to bipolar disorder that are often overlooked, but important to understand. In honor of World Bipolar Day, celebrated on March 30th each year, here are some facts that will help you combat mental health stigma and support those who are living with bipolar disorder:

Bipolar disorder has various causes that range from genetics to life events. There is no single genetic trait, life event, or chemical brain imbalance that could be the specific cause of bipolar disorder. Many times, it is actually a combination of several factors that can trigger the disorder.

Everyone experiences bipolar disorder differently. However, there are two main types of the disorder: Bipolar I which is characterized by one or more manic episodes that last at least a week and require hospitalization; and bipolar II, which is characterized by more depressive episodes.

Bipolar disorder often accompanies other physical and psychological conditions. These can include metabolic disorders and migraines.

It can be life threatening and finding support is critical. Sometimes it's difficult to fully understand an illness that appears invisible, but it's important to treat bipolar disorder like any other physical condition. It can be crippling to every aspect of life. An estimated 1 in 5 people diagnosed with bipolar disorder dies by suicide. World Bipolar Day is an excellent opportunity to show those living with this condition that they are not alone, they have support, and there is always hope.

If you or someone you know is struggling with bipolar disorder, please reach out to us. You are never alone. Schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate and experienced therapists by contacting us at 308-210-8487 or 

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