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World Bipolar Day

30 Mar 22

Today is World Bipolar Day which is dedicated to raising awareness of this condition which can have a significant impact on health and well-being.

Often misunderstood, bipolar disorder affects mood and may result in episodes of both depression and mania which can affect health and bring disruption to everyday life including education, employment and relationships.

As a Trust providing a range of mental health services, we support sufferers through a range of treatments, including medication

 and talking therapies.

We also want to encourage people who think that they know someone who is suffering from bipolar disorder or may have the condition themselves to come forward to ensure that they can receive the support that may be needed.

People with the disorder have episodes of depression where they feel very low and lethargic  and mania where they feel ‘very high’ and  may be overactive. Episodes of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks.

30 March was chosen for World Bipolar Day as it is the birthday of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh who was posthumously diagnosed with the disorder.

For help with bipolar disorder go to https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/ for a live chat with the team 7am-7pm Mon-Fri or call 0800 6444 101 which is available 24/7.

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