World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day is celebrated on March 30th, because it is the birth of Vincent Van Gogh, a very famous painter who was later diagnosed with this type of disorder.
World Bipolar Day is promoted by the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) jointly with the Asian Bipolar Disorders Network (ANBD) and the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF).

What is bipolar disorder?
It is a mental illness that results in sudden changes in mood, from terrible depression to a high level of optimism almost simultaneously. We say roughly, because a person usually has a normal temperament between both poles.

Facts related to bipolar disorder
Approximately 140 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder.
It is one of the major diseases that cause disability and is the least understood.
The average age at which the disease usually first appears is around 25 years.
Women may get symptoms faster, as well as have a higher number of emotional outbursts. However, the disease affects both sexes equally.
In the case of depression in children or adolescents, this may be an early symptom of the disorder, but this is not always the case.
Treatment for this type of disorder should be personal, that is, there is no single treatment or cure for all people who suffer from it.

Some celebrities with bipolar disorder
Bipolarity is a fairly frequent mental disorder, which is why we can cite some important people who suffer from it and who live with it, who still live or lead practically normal lives. These are just some of those who suffer from it or have suffered from it.

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Mariah Carey.
Mel Gibson.
Mike Tyson.
Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Edgar Allan Poe.
Jimi Hendrix.
Robert Downey Jr.
Britney Spears.
Mrs. Diana.
Jim Carrey.
Frank Sinatra.
Kurt Cobain.
Ernest Hemingway.

Movies about bipolar disorder
The big screen is also interested in telling stories about bipolar disorder. We offer you a list of films on this topic:
The Good Side of Things (USA, David Russell, 2012): The film follows the life of Pat Solatano, who returns home after spending eight months in a mental institution. With the help of Tiffany, a young widow with emotional problems of her own, Pat struggles to win his wife back and return to normal.
Touched with Fire (US, Paul Dalio, 2015): tells the story of two poets with bipolar disorder who fall in love while in a mental institution. The film explores the relationship between creativity and mental illness.
Polar Bear (USA, Maya Forbes, 2014): tells the story of a bipolar father who takes care of his two daughters while his wife attends business school. The film is a dramatic comedy based on the director’s own experiences.
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (USA, Various Directors, 2013) – This anthology features five short films that explore different aspects of mental health, including an episode on bipolar disorder. Each segment is directed by a different director and features an all-star cast.

Terry Alexander

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