Seems that everybody nowadays knows someone (or certainly knows someone who knows someone) who has bipolar disorder (BD).
So you’d have thought that information about the illness would be clear, easily-accessible, and well-known.
Well, you’d have thought wrong.
Of course misconceptions still abound, but, beyond that, there are some important facts about BD that remain obscure to so many of those without the disorder–and, surprisingly, even to some of those with it.
Here are 10 facts everyone should know about BD:
1. BD is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
That puts it behind tuberculosis (can you imagine?) and road traffic accidents, but ahead of war. It is, additionally, the most expensive mental healthcare diagnosis in the United States, hands-down.
2. A shocking 1 in 4 bipolar sufferers receives an accurate diagnosis in less than 3 years.
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