It’s world bipolar day every March 30th.
Many celebrities are bipolar and manage to have great careers beyond stigmas. Mariah Carey, Carrie Fisher (princess Leia on Star Wars), Bebe Rexha, Mel Gibson, Demi Lovato, Russell Brand, Brian Wilson, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, Ted Turner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vivien Leigh (Scarlet O’Hara), Frank Sinatra, Sinead O’Connor, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jane Pauley, Patty Duke, Winston Churchill, Jim Carey, Robin Williams, John Candy, Julia Roberts. Rosie O’Donnell. I’m not saying or romanticizing bipolar, I’m just saying that many people have come forward bravely despite stigmatism, to let us know that we aren’t alone.
About 5% of the population will have a mental illness including depression, manic depression, and/or anxiety disorders at some point in their lives, and half of these people will also have a substance abuse problem, according to statistics from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or NAMI.
If you have any friends or family who are bipolar, send them a wave (No hugs – Covid19 lol) and tell them how special they are to you. Let them know you care, everyday not just March 30th.