Bipolar Disorder Awareness

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

March 30 is World Bipolar Day, a day set aside to bring global awareness to Bipolar Disorder, helping to eliminate the stigma that is so often attached to it. This stigma that is attached to Bipolar Disorder is one of the main reasons that individuals with Bipolar Disorder often refuse to get the help that they need.

World Bipolar Day (WBD) is “an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) - will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.”

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that the prevalence of Bipolar Disorder in the world could be as much as 5%. It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts within a person’s activity level, mood, energy, and the ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. Those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder are also at a high risk for suicide.

According to Bipolar Central, Kay Redfield Jamison (an expert in the area of Bipolar Disorder), reports that 25 to 50 percent of those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder will attempt suicide at least once, with 6 to 20 percent actually committing suicide.

Because of this, it is important that we all learn to recognize possible signs of Bipolar Disorder. These signs can vary between individuals.

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are possible signs to look out for:

Manic Phase

-Racing thoughts

-Unusually talkative

-Highly energetic, active, and easily agitated

-Decreased need for sleep, often staying awake for days at a time

-Abnormally upbeat, jumpy, or wired

-Exaggerated sense of well-being (euphoric)

-Easily distracted.

-Poor decision making (spending sprees, risky sexual behaviors)

Depressive Phase

-Sad, hopeless, tearful

-Fatigue, excessive sleep or lack of sleep

-Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

-Lack of concentration


-Thinking about, threatening to, or attempting suicide (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255)

-Feeling or worthlessness and/or excessive guilt

-Significant changes in appetite

If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, there is help available. To get in touch with one of our counselors, go to or click here to make a referral for yourself or someone you love. #esupportcounseling

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