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Foundation for Wellness with Bipolar Disorder

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are often severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Testimonials from our online study participants

Participating in your research made me more aware of bipolar disorder, it brought a broader range of vision and understanding of the condition to me personally. I am so grateful for the research you are doing to better understand and treat BD. Understanding mental health problems is very important.

Carmen (Canada)

I am happy to be a part of your research to help people with bipolar disorder. Only someone with BD understands the agony of seeing your life in pieces all around you with no way to put it all back together.

Liam (Australia)

Your research made me feel like someone understood what questions to ask without stereotyping me or leaving me to feel worthless to the world. Thank for your interest in mental disorders. I feel this helps with public stigmas and awareness.

Niall (Ireland)

Participating in your research has been instrumental in my rethinking some of my decisions in life and attitudes. Thank you for taking an interest in individuals with BD. It's good to know that mental health research is leaving stigmas behind and moving forward in knowledge and resolution.

Patricia (USA)
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    Posted by admin   |   6 Aug 2014

    SFU researchers study mental illness by getting mood data in the moment When SFU associate gerontology professor Norman O’Rourke and...

  • Declaring our commitment to recovery

    Posted by admin   |   22 May 2014

    The Mental Health Strategy for Canada identifies recovery as central to improving health outcomes and quality of life for people...

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