Bipolar

Bipolar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formerly known as manic depression, it’s a lifelong, chronic illness that currently affects over 12 million people in the US and as many as 60 million people worldwide. The economic cost of the disorder in the US alone has been estimated at $45 billion each year. It is characterized by severe and unpredictable mood swings; sufferers of bipolar disorder alternate between mania—feeling euphoric and revved up or irritable—and depression—feeling down and hopeless. Those suffering from the disorder have greater than a 6 percent risk of attempting suicide over 20 years, while 30-40 percent of sufferers report self-harm.

During a psychotic episode, two hospital visits couldn’t help; Community services did

At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more

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