World Bipolar Day 2016
World Bipolar Day is celebrated annually on March 30th. Purposefully on Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday, who is believed to have had bipolar disorder.
One of World Bipolar Day’s objectives is to raise awareness… To educate the general public about the disorder and the people who live with it. And to continue breaking down the stigma surrounding all mental illnesses. If you’re interested in learning the facts about bipolar disorder, please read Understanding Bipolar Disorder.
This year’s World Bipolar Day theme is “More Than a Diagnosis.”
World Bipolar Day also reminds those of us living with bipolar of some important facts. One being that we’re not alone in this daily fight for our lives. Depression is isolating, but going throughout life feeling perpetually misunderstood makes it even more so. However, there are at least 5.5 million other people just in the U.S. who understand. Seek out support.
World Bipolar Day also serves to remind us that we’re capable of living full and meaningful lives despite our illnesses. It reminds us each to celebrate who we are and what makes us unique. Sometimes it can feel like bipolar is all we are. But we’re all so much more than our bipolar diagnoses. Sure, bipolar may have changed our paths and some of us may not be able to do some of the things we were once able to do. But we’re still us, so we’re capable of making pretty much any path amazing. We still have many gifts to offer this world. You may not have even discovered yours yet!
No matter where you are on your journey, episode, or cycle – take the day to celebrate your awesomeness! And feel free to share it here with us! Have a great World Bipolar Day!