What’s Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme changes in mood from high to low, and from low to high. Highs are periods of mania, while lows are periods of depression. The changes in mood may even become mixed, so you might feel elated and depressed at the same time.


14 Characteristics of Bipolar Disorder, Mania, Depression & Suicide

7 signs of mania

Mania can cause other symptoms as well, but seven of the key signs of this phase of bipolar disorder are:

  1. feeling overly happy or “high” for long periods of time
  2. having a decreased need for sleep
  3. talking very fast, often with racing thoughts
  4. feeling extremely restless or impulsive
  5. becoming easily distracted
  6. having overconfidence in your abilities
  7. engaging in risky behavior, such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees
7 signs of depression

Like mania, depression can cause other symptoms as well, but here are seven of the key signs of depression from bipolar disorder:

  1. feeling sad or hopeless for long periods of time
  2. withdrawing from friends and family
  3. losing interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  4. having a significant change in appetite
  5. feeling severe fatigue or lack of energy
  6. having problems with memory, concentration, and decision making
  7. thinking about or attempting suicide, or having a preoccupation with death



What is World Bipolar Day?

The vision of World Bipolar Day (WBD) is to bring world awareness to bipolar conditions and to eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of WBD is to bring the world population information about bipolar conditions that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the condition.

WBD will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having a bipolar condition.

WBD is an initiative of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) in collaboration with the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD) and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).

For those living with bipolar disorder, World Bipolar Day offers an opportunity to connect with others as well as assistance in gaining access to valuable resources and relationships that can improve their lives through treatment.

The ultimate goal is to inspire a global shift in thinking that will eliminate social stigma and promote acceptance.

Spread the message that you are #bipolarbrave!

Break the stigma by showing others that having bipolar disorder is not something to be ashamed of! Share your “coming out” story this World Bipolar Day and educate others on the ways you practice bravery each and every day.

Get Involved!

Are you hosting a World Bipolar Day event? Email info@ibpf.org with the details for your event and we will advertise!

Are you a social media influencer or someone who wants to help promote World Bipolar Day and IBPF’s free educational programs? Email info@ibpf.org to discuss ways to collaborate and spread awareness about bipolar disorder throughout the community!

Get Social!

Post your photo or video with our hashtags #WorldBipolarDay and #bipolarbrave on each post you make on March 30th. Let’s get these hashtags trending!

Include @intlbipolar on Twitter and Instagram and @InternationalBipolarFoundation on Facebook!





每年的3月30日,即文森特·梵高(Vincent Van Gogh)的生日将庆祝WBD。



Famous People with Bipolar Disorder:
(source: https://goo.gl/AfUHsq)
Adam Ant
Maria Bamford
Russell Brand (plus ADHD, Bulimia)
Frank Bruno
Dick Cavett
Robert Chaen
Winston Churchill
Kurt Cobain
Charles Dickens
Richard Dreyfuss
Patty Duke
Carrie Fisher
Larry Flynt
Connie Francis
Stephen Fry
Mel Gibson
Macy Gray
Linda Hamilton
Ernest Hemingway
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Vivien Leigh
Jenifer Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Jack London
Demi Lovato
Kristy McNichol
Burgess Meredith
Marilyn Monroe (plus Borderline PD)
Isaac Newton
Friedrich Nietzsche
Florence Nightingale
Kim Novak
Edgar Allan Poe
Jackson Pollock
Sinead O’Connor
Axl Rose
Nina Simone
Frank Sinatra
Dusty Springfield
Ted Turner
Mike Tyson
Ludwig van Beethoven
Jean Claude Van Damme
Vincent Van Gogh
Scott Weiland
Pete Wentz
Brian Wilson (plus Schizoaffective Disorder)
Amy Winehouse
Virginia Woolf
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Published:  World Bipolar Day: 30th March 2020





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