According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bipolar Disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.
Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood ranging from a manic (high) to a depressive (low) state. Bipolar Disorder was previously known as Manic Depression. A person with mania will feel excited, impulsive, euphoric, and full of energy. The depressive episodes might bring on deep sadness and hopelessness, and if left untreated can lead to feelings of suicide. Sometimes the shifts in mood can be severe. At other times one might experience a normal mood between episodes of depression and mania.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) will be hosting various events to help create awareness and educate the public about Bipolar Disorder. There will be a FREE Bipolar Awareness Day Community Talk in Diepsloot (JHB) today at 10am, with experts and our very own celeb ambassador, Lillian Dube talking about stigma and the importance of getting help. On Saturday, the 28th May 2016, there will be another free community workshop at Akeso Kenilworth with expert speakers and brave people sharing their own personal stories of living with Bipolar Disorder.
SADAG will be holding its first ever Tweet Chat tomorrow from 18h00 – 19h00 answering all questions on Bipolar Disorder, self-help tips, online resources and getting help. To join the chat, just follow #bipolarchat.
We will also be hosting 2 Live Facebook Friday Online expert Q&A on Friday 28 May at 13h00-19h00. Wherever you are in the country you can ask for free expert advice on our live chat. Want to know more about Bipolar? Want to ask about your treatment option(s)? Then join the chat with Psychiatrists Dr Duncan Rodseth and Dr Mike West.
If you think you have symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, please visit our website, www.sadag.org, fill in the Bipolar Disorder self-rating questionnaire and discuss the findings with your mental health expert.
SADAG offers free telephonic counselling 7days a week, 365 days a year & provide referrals to Support Groups and other resources. Call reach us on the Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline on 0800 21 22 23 or SMS 31393 and a counsellor will call you back.
Signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disaster
- Feeling overly happy, ‘high,’ or elated for long stretches of time;
- Talking very fast, often accompanied by racing thoughts;
- Extreme relentlessness or impulsivity;
- Unrealistic overconfidence in your abilities or powers;
- Engaging in risky behaviour, such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees;
- Feeling fatigue or lack of energy;
- Problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making; and
- Thoughts or attempts of suicide, or preoccupation with death.