bipolar disorder- demystifying a serious mental illness
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Living with Bipolar Disorder
www.BipolarIndia.com Lets Walk Together
The Havoc that Is Bipolar Disorder
Extreme Mood Changes
Swings of Energy levels
Poor Focus & Concentration
Impact on judgment & decision making
Is Bipolar just one illness?
Anxiety Disorder Depression
Substance Abuse Panic Attacks
Bipolar I Disorder ~
> Severe form, with/without Psychosis
> Marked by Manic episodes
> Involves Hospitalisation
> Lesser Depressive episodes
Bipolar II Disorder ~
> Less severe form of BD
> Episodes of Hypomania which
may develop into Mania
> Longer, Debilitating Depressive phases
Bipolar~ is Not just about Chemical Imbalance
Difference is in Brain Structures
The prefrontal cortex region of the brain is critical for
judgment, executive functioning, decision making,
focus and concentration.
In Bipolar and Schizophrenia afflicted, this key region
of the brain is biologically different from brains of
This has been proved by advanced MRI Scans.
Bipolar is said to be incurable is treatable
10% of those afflicted succumb to suicide
On an average a Bipolar faces~
- 12 years of reduced life expectancy
- A decade of productivity lost in prime years
Among top 3 causes of long term disability
Steel Your Mind To Stigma of a Dual Type
External Stigma is Stigma faced in society,
in the job market, marriage prospects and
That is the war you have to win against the
devils within you. Devils within which undermine
your confidence and motivation.
Stop making unfair comparisons ! Let Go!
The Positive~ BD Can Be managed
6 Step Process
Medical Treatment Is The Foundation
Balance between side effects and benefits
Caregivers do their part, but that alone wont help.
What can we do to regain balance of mind?
Vigorous Exercise/Fitness Training
Working out is a well known buster of
Depression and Stress.
Walking amid Nature > Mindfulness
Yoga ~ Pranayam and Meditation
Neuroplasticity ~ Meditation can Rewire the Brain!
Creative Visualisation >> Manifestation
A Higher Power~ Have Faith
We Are Insanely Creative~
So, Lets Express Ourselves!!
Music Is Therapeutic
And so is Writing!
My Book* was a
that ended up
Write for yourself.
Maintain a journal
or Blog if thats
Connect at Human Level
Instill Hope, Belief & Transform Lives
The Challenges are How to:-
Population 23 Million
70 Million Indians suffer from
Serious Mental Illnesses (Source~ Indian Health Ministry)
15 Million Bipolar
30 Million Clinically Depressed
LESS than 5000 Psychiatrists practice in India!!
BipolarIndia.com is a First In Many Ways
Someone Had To Make The First Move. Why Not Me?
A Community Website unlike
any other in India
The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
Professional Help (Hyperlink)
My Story Set Me Free.
New Stories Came Pouring Out..
One Such Candid Story
Offline Peer Support Meets
We Are Now Truly A Community!
Author of~ A Bipolars Journey~ From Torment to Fulfillment
Inspirational Storytelling & Personal Branding Coach,
Mental Wellness Catalyst. Founder: www.BipolarIndia.com