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Elizabeth Thurrell, MA

Elizabeth Thurrell, MA

World Bipolar Disorder Day

March 30 is recognized as World Bipolar Disorder Day in an effort to disseminate accurate information about the disorder. Bipolar disorder is frequently misunderstood and unfortunately carries a stigma in society. It is estimated that about 2.6% of the American population, or 8.5 million individuals, carry a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In popular culture, individuals with bipolar disorder are increasingly represented in films and television to the public. However, these characters are sometimes portrayed as “crazy” or violent. While it is encouraging that individuals with bipolar disorder are more represented, it is important that we understand that someone who has bipolar disorder is not necessarily violent, unemployable, or frequently unstable.