Monday, May 20, 2013

You can live a normal life with bipolar disorder

We also heard from Jay Barnes – Convener of the Western Cape Bipolar Support Association. We were focusing on Bipolar disorder and bipolar Awareness day which is on the 26th of May. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mood disorder characterised by extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. This is much less common than Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia, and only 2% of the population is affected over a lifetime. Males and females are affected equally. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, over 470 000 South Africans are living with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also the fifth leading cause of disability worldwide. For more information you can send an email to or visit

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