Bipolar Disorder And Its Effects On Society

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Bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. There is very little research on all mental illnesses but, specifically bipolar disorder because humans have not come out with the technology to fully study the brain. This is why people often judge people with mental illnesses and place a certain stigma on them, people just do not know what to think. For our group project, my group wanted to learn more about why mental illnesses are so misrepresented within our culture. Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, affects roughly 5.7 million people in the United States. Compare this to depression, which affects 14.8 million people in the United States and Schizophrenia, which affects nearly 2.2 million people in the United States you can see that bipolar disorder only affects a tiny percentage of the American population. In fact, you may even know people that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Some of these people include: President Theodore Roosevelt, Mel Gibson, Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway, and Demi Lovato. Even though Bipolar affects a minority of the population in the United States it still can impact the peers of the individuals who suffer from Bipolar Disorder and the stigma that surrounds Bipolar Disorder needs to be changed.
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