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13 Musicians, Singers & Rappers Who Suffer From Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder Awareness

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At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
As we all know it’s Bipolar Disorder Awareness Month. On March. 30th we will be celebrating Bipolar Disorder Awareness. Bipolar disorder, also known as, Manic-Depression illness is a mental illness identified by periods of elevated mood. It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide and has a lifetime prevalence of about 3% in the general population. Some symptoms of Bipolar disorder are: Dramatic mood swings- from overly “high” and/ or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. These periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression. There are times where severe episodes of mania or depression include psychotic symptoms. Common psychotic symptoms are hallucinations and delusions. Psychotic symptoms in Bipolar disorder tend to reflect the extreme mood state at the time. There are different subtypes of Bipolar disorder; Bipolar 1 Disorder: At least one manic episode is necessary to make the diagnosis; depressive episodes are common in bipolar 1, but are unnecessary for the diagnosis. Bipolar ll disorder: No manic episodes, but one or more hypomanic episodes and one or more major depressive episode. Hypomanic episodes do not go to the full extreme of manic, and this can make Bipolar ll difficult to diagnose since the hypomanic episodes may simply appear as periods of successful high productivity and are reported less frequently than a distressing, crippling depression.
Living with Bipolar disorder can be very challenging, environmental factors such as, stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important—proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage Bipolar disorder. Amazing news is Bipolar disorder is treatable with counseling and/ or medication. You can live a very fulfilling and healthy life by managing your Bipolar disorder. About 5.7 million American adults, or 26 percent of the population, at 18 or older in any given year, have Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. First symptoms during childhood, and some develop them in late life. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated, like diabetes or heart disease, Bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person life. Here is a list of celebrities that you may or may not have known struggle with Bipolar Disorder:
  • Demi Lovato
  • DMX
  • Macy Gray
  • Matthew Good (Canadian Musician)
  • Halsey (Indie Pop Singer)
  • Beth Hart
  • Kristin Hersh (Musician, of, Rock Band)
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Krizz Kaliko
  • Mary Lambert
  • Been Moody (Former Guitarist from Evanescence)
  • Jaco Pastorious (Jazz Musician)
  • Charley Pride

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