Marc Kullman, the co-founder of the National Bipolar Foundation (NBF), has joined Congressman Patrick Kennedy (R-R.I.) in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to individuals with bipolar disorder. While mental illnesses may be treated with medication, rehabilitation centers can also help those who develop substance abuse.
Bipolar disorder affects nearly 5.7 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NBF was launched by Kullman and a number of other business professionals in 2007 to change the attitude toward Americans suffering from this condition. It’s the first group of its kind dedicated to clearing up the misconceptions surrounding this mental health problem.
Kullman praised Kennedy for his involvement and said that “he exhibits the highest standard of moral character and courage to stand for a cause where others might choose to remain silent.”
One-third of the 3 million U.S. children and adolescents with depression experience an onset of bipolar disorder, according to NIMH. Depression, as well as other mental illnesses, may lead to substance abuse. Individuals suffering from addiction can seek help at a drug rehabilitation center to recover and improve their quality of life.