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The dark (er) side of Bipolar Disorder

I wanted to share this after watching a movie where a husband committed suicide due to his bipolar condition, because he feared that he’d hurt his wife. 

Suicide rates per country for 2023! 

  • Lesotho – 72.4 per 100k people
  • Guyana – 40.3 per 100k people
  • Eswatini – 29.4 per 100k people
  • South Africa – 23.5 per 100k people comes in at number 10

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition characterised by extreme mood swings, including episodes of mania and depression. These mood swings can last for days, weeks, or even months.

People with bipolar disorder can benefit from a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes. 

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I am more interested in helping the person with lifestyle changes, here are a few things we all can do to play our part.

  1. Provide emotional support, bipolar disorder is a challenging condition to manage, and your loved one may experience mood swings, irritability, and other symptoms. Offer emotional support and encourage them to talk about their feelings.
  2. Encourage healthy lifestyle habits, a healthy lifestyle can help manage bipolar disorder symptoms. Encourage your loved one to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  3. Educate yourself, learning more about bipolar disorder can help you understand what your loved one is going through and how you can best support them. There are many resources available online and through mental health organisations.

Remember, caring for someone with bipolar disorder is challenging, and it’s important to take care of yourself as well. Seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional if needed.

Why am I bringing up this topic today?

Apart from watching a movie about this topic, suicide is happening daily, we may or may not see it but it’s a reality, especially after the pandemic. I believe that if we all can try, not to walk around with blinkers, we could add some value to others. Just try to be kind, compassionate and empathetic to others, perhaps they will start to open up to us. 

I went as far as writing a program for Udemy on this topic, where I share in one of my lessons, how I was affected by suicide and how I came out of it. If you know anyone who is having a tough time overcoming any obstacles, get them to check out my 7-day programme on Udemy called “Obstacles Make Me Stronger”.

Like I said, we can add value to each other’s lives.

Much Love and Light,

Nolan Find the Obstacles Make Me Stronger Programme here.

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