World Bipolar Day (WBD), a day designed to raise worldwide awareness of the bipolar condition is celebrated every year on March 30th. This awareness day is an initiative organized by the International Bipolar Foundation in partnership with the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.
Sadly this year, due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19, a day known for connection and outreach will be spent in isolation. Being quarantined and cut-off from everyday routines can be particularly challenging for individuals living with bipolar conditions, due to the fact that the social support system is an integral part of maintaining wellness.
In light of these challenges, we encourage everyone to consider a “virtual” observance of WBD this year as most social events will not take place. You can still utilize social media to disseminate information and educate the public at large about bipolar conditions. Live webinars, short video recordings, social media posting, blogging are all the tools familiar to many that can help get the message out.
To help us raise awareness, help people understand the condition and eliminate the stigma of bipolar disorder you can use the hashtags trending on social media such as #WorldBipolarDay and #BipolarStrong while tagging @intlbipolar on Twitter and Instagram and @InternationalBipolarFoundation on Facebook.
Bipolar disorder affects a person’s mood, which can swing from one extreme to the other, and causes those suffering from the disorder to experience episodes of depression, mania and co-occurring addictions. People living with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, tend to live their lives in a manner that is significantly disrupted as the disorder impacts the person’s ability to function. There are medications that can help treat the condition and for those individuals with co-occurring addiction, there are specialized treatment programs that are very effective.
To help you cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19 click here to listen to an audio interview with Dr. LaGenia Bailey, a mental health professional who offered a wealth of advice and encouragement for listeners -- tips for managing anxiety, staying connected with others and maintaining a positive outlook, even as news reports and social media flood us with updates.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and a compounded bipolar condition and would like information about treatment options, please contact Florida Center for Recovery at (800) 851-3291. All calls are confidential.
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