Friday, August 22, 2008
From the New York Times
The New York Times has an entire Website dedicated to informing the world about bipolar disorder. It's great. I highly recommend the multimedia section called "Voices of Patients." It takes about ten minutes to get through all nine commentaries. I skipped the guy who doesn't take medication, only because he is both incredibly annoying and sounds like someone I know but just can't stand. There is something I can relate to--painfully--in all of the other eight stories. This will be insightful for anyone who wants to move beyond a definition of BP and find out how people are defined by the illness.
There is also a recent article about a patient who struggles with BP2, like me. His story and its accompanying frustrations could easily be mine. This article is short but dead-on accurate.
Several stories on the site make a point of mentioning that as many as 20% of people with BP commit suicide. Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the United States.
There's some not-so-tasty food for thought.