Well, we finally got a day of our very own: Sunday, March 30th, is the inaugural observation of World Bipolar Day, sponsored by the International Bipolar Foundation. The date was chosen because it’s the birthday of artist Vincent Van Gogh, who is said to have suffered from manic depression (although how they can diagnose it posthumously is beyond my understanding). It’s a day to raise awareness and—hopefully—begin to erase the stigma that surrounds bipolar disorder, and indeed ALL mental illnesses.
I hope my readers will join with me in commemorating this first-ever World Bipolar Day and maybe even start a dialogue with others who may not know a lot about this much-misunderstood illness. And while you’re at it, why not hug a bipolar you know and love? 🙂