Bipolar disorder does not discriminate who it affects. It’s not only the low income people or middle class. It doesn’t only affect women, but men too. Teens can be affected by bipolar disorder as well.
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are affected from this mental illness. Some of these people you might have even heard of. Such as these well known celebrities, Patty Duke, Linda Hamilton, Jane Pauley, Carrie Fisher and Sinead O’ Connor. And recently Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Lovato came forward to speak about the fact they also have bipolar disorder.
With the fact that Americans watch so much television and so many people follow these celebrities lives, hopefully this will give many ordinary people hope and inspiration.
These celebrities have come forward and admitted to having this often stigmatizing mental illness to show people that they too can function and live very productive lives once their disorder is treated.
Celebrities who openly share their personal battle with bipolar disorder help to raise awareness of some of these issues when often so few others will speak about them.
In fact Catherine Zeta-Jones did an interview recently with People magazine stating that there is “no need to suffer silently”. She feels that if the fact that she spoke up about having this disorder will encourage just one person to get the help they need then her experience was worth it.
That is what I call using your celebrity status in a very positive way!!
But sadly most recently in the news came the untimely death of Amy Winehouse, age 27 who said she had “mild manic-depression” but would not be treated for it with any medications. Hers is an example of a life that spun out of control, with addictions to illegal drugs and alcohol.
But still she sought no treatment for this disorder. She did apparently spend some time in rehab, which she is also famous for a song of the same name, but left treatment early. This my friends is NOT how it has to go.
Don’t be ashamed and hide. Seek help and get treatment if necessary. You can live a good life like many people are.