Greater Understanding Of Bipolar Disorder Can Help Affected Individuals

More than five million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder every year, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Mental illness, such as bipolar, has also been linked to drug abuse and suicide. Rehabilitation facilities and medication are some of the treatment options for people suffering from these illnesses.

Leslie Sobota, 64, recently attended a bipolar informative session in her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. She says that understanding her condition, which she was diagnosed with in 2006, has been beneficial.

“Having a diagnosis has made me feel better,” Sobota told the Wisconsin Journal-Times. “Because I know it’s not my fault.”

Symptoms of depression include changes in appetite, a loss of sleep and negative thoughts. Eventually, these may lead to drug abuse and even suicide.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that although the average age of people with bipolar disorder is 25, symptoms can begin in childhood. The condition can also result in a shortened life span, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Individuals suffering from depression or drug addiction are encouraged to look into treatment centers or rehabilitation facilities for help.