Bipolar boom continues

Bipolar is booming!

From a few rare cases of manic depression…

…through to the first ‘antidepressant’ induced manias in the 1950’s…

…through to the boom since the bipolar diagnosis was created in 1980…

…through the proliferation of psychiatric drugs creating more mood instability in those ready to try them…

…and now bipolar being seen in people who were previously viewed as depressed, grieving, mal-nourished or simply exhausted…

…WHY? One answer is: There is a lot of money to be made from bipolar!

However, is it not more ethical to help people recover from emotional difficulties and help them avoid becoming part of this sickly bipolar boom?

About Roger A Smith
Helping you to think about bipolar disorder in different ways so that we can eliminate the disorder and eventually eliminate the need for this diagnosis.

One Response to Bipolar boom continues

  1. Jeff says:

    Question… do you consider yourself bipolar? I was the mania induced by antidepressant diagnosis… (Celexa was prescribed to treat a non bacterial prostate infection… that was thought to be causing me stress.) I don’t consider myself bipolar… even though psychiatrists point to my elevated history. I was always high energy and highly motivated. I did not need a lot of sleep. Funny that the mental health system seems to have an answer for any type of personality… create a disorder… and then treat it. I’m even starting to question some of the psychologist I’ve met.

    No doubt that stigmatizing a person with a mental illness adds to that person’s problems. It creates a self fulfilling prophesy… self loathing, and finally… treatment, drugs, money. Keep up the good work and fight the good fight.

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