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World Bipolar Day

Join us in recognizing World Bipolar Day - let's celebrate, spread awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health conditions!
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It's time to show your support for those affected by bipolar disorder on World Bipolar Day on March 30! This special day was created in 2013 to bring attention to the mental health condition, which affects an estimated 60 million people worldwide. It's a day of awareness and understanding, as well as a celebration of all that those with bipolar disorder have accomplished in spite of their diagnosis. Let's come together and spread positivity, strength and hope for everyone living with this condition.

History of World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day Dates

World Bipolar Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1851</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Jean-Pierre Falret publishes a description of a severe form of the disorder, which he terms "folie circulaire," marking it out as a distinct and separate disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1921</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Manic-Depressive Insanity"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Emil Kraepelin, a German psychiatrist, conclusively defines "manic-depressive insanity" as a specific mental illness by describing its course and prognosis.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1952</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>DSM Inclusion</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) includes the bipolar disorder for the first time.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terminology Change</div><div class='timeline-text'>The DSM-III replaces "manic-depressive insanity" with the modern term "bipolar disorder," marking a shift in how the medical community views and treats the condition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Bipolar Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The earliest known celebration of bipolar awareness occurs, intended to increase understanding and reduce stigma related to the disorder.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inaugural World Bipolar Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Bipolar Day is officially recognized for the first time, with March 30th chosen to honor the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Bipolar Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a support group</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Attend a support group to learn more about bipolar disorder and to find a community of people who can relate to your experience. This is a great way to celebrate World Bipolar Day while connecting with others who may be going through a similar experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder and what it means to have it. Research the disorder and read books written by people who have experience living with bipolar disorder.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Talk to someone</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a trusted friend or family member and talk to them about your bipolar disorder. It can be difficult to talk about, but it’s important to have someone you can open up to and share your feelings with.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write in a journal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Writing in a journal is a great way to express yourself and reflect on your feelings. Spend some time writing down your thoughts and feelings on World Bipolar Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take time for yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time for yourself on World Bipolar Day. Spend some time in nature, practice yoga or meditation, or do something creative like painting or writing.</p></div></div>

Why World Bipolar Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raising awareness about bipolar disorder</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Bipolar Day is an important day for raising awareness about bipolar disorder and destigmatizing mental illness. It's an opportunity to educate people about the condition, spread information about warning signs, and let those suffering from it know that they are not alone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Creating a safe space for discussion</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Bipolar Day also helps create a space where individuals with the condition can openly discuss their experiences, struggles, and successes without fear of judgment. This safe space allows everyone to share their stories in a supportive environment, which leads to greater understanding and empathy among all involved.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Leading research into better treatment options</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Finally, World Bipolar Day can also help lead to more research focused on developing new treatments for this condition. By bringing together scientists, medical professionals, patients, families and caregivers we can work more closely towards finding more effective ways to treat bipolar disorder.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Aspects of World Bipolar Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World Bipolar Day Honors Vincent Van Gogh</h3><p class='facts-content'>World Bipolar Day is celebrated on March 30, the birthday of the famous painter Vincent Van Gogh who was posthumously diagnosed as likely having bipolar disorder. This day pays tribute to his genius and brings awareness to this condition.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Initiated by Three Major Bipolar Organizations</h3><p class='facts-content'>World Bipolar Day was initiated by the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) bringing together international expertise.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Aimed to Break Social Stigma</h3><p class='facts-content'>World Bipolar Day aims to dispel social myths about bipolar disorder and create an environment where sufferers are understood and accepted without prejudice.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bipolar Disorder Affects Both Genders Equally</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike some mental health disorders, bipolar disorder does not have a gender bias. It affects men, women, and people of all ages, races, and backgrounds equally.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Continuous Spectrum of Moods</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bipolar disorder is characterized by a continuous spectrum of moods rather than discrete depressive or manic episodes, reflecting a key aspect of the condition's complexity.</p></div></div>

World Bipolar Day FAQs

When is World Bipolar Day?

World Bipolar Day is celebrated on March 30 every year. In 2024, World Bipolar Day will fall on a Saturday.

World Bipolar Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Mar 30

Thursday

2024

Mar 30

Saturday

2025

Mar 30

Sunday

2026

Mar 30

Monday

2027

Mar 30

Tuesday

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