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World Bipolar Day (WBD) takes place each year on 30th March, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after his death.
The vision of World Bipolar Day is to raise awareness and erase the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder, as well as promote excellence in clinical care and research.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects over one million of us in the UK alone. It can be a life-long mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. It affects how you feel and your mood can change massively. You can experience episodes of:
• hypomania and mania
You may feel well between these times. When your mood changes, you might see changes in your energy levels or how you act. Bipolar disorder used to be called manic depression.
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder but the more you know about it, the more you can help stop the spread of false information. That's why, to mark World Bipolar Day, MindWise is sharing an infographic on social media with some facts about bipolar disorder.