Stop the Stigma: ‘Bipolar’ Is Not a New Word for Just Darn Unpleasant

Petite Girls Guide

STOP THE STIGMA!

“You hear it everywhere. “Oh, she’s so bipolar.”

It’s the diagnosis of the decade. At least in the general public.

It didn’t start with Catherine Zeta-Jones treatment and its publicity, but it has certainly picked up speed since then. Tiger Woods was treated for sexual addiction. You don’t hear people pointing their fingers at others saying, “Oh, he’s such a sex addict.””

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“Here are some statistics:
The National Institute of Mental Health (2005) reports that the prevalence of bipolar disorder is 2.6 percent of the U.S. population. It is interesting and unhappy to note their report that only about half of those with bipolar disorder are getting good treatment. Another scholarly report (2007) breaks down the two major diagnostic categories of Bipolar, I and II, and reports their prevalence, respectively, as 1 percent and 1.1 percent, with what they term “sub threshold” bipolar II at 2.4 percent…

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