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Actually 3% of the population is more than you might imagine.
According to statistics only 3% of the population identifies themselves as gay/lesbian. And yet most people know someone who is.
I suspect real Bi-polar folks hide it if they can.
Oh I'm sure they may know one or two, I said know Many. I mean I doubt most people know LOTS of people with Bi Polar or Gay. 3% was also high to account for the probability of those undiagnosed. Those that I have known don't hide from Docs just ppl.
Bipolar is one of the illnesses thrown around "I'm sorry, I'm Bipolar hahaha" similar to ADD or OCD, by those who have never actually experienced the illness. I remember my friends jokingly saying "oh you must be Bipolar and thinking "Well actually..
Very true Kris, or like the word "crazy". Irks me. I feel like most of the time it minimizes the realities of people with mental illness or turns mental illness into a joke. I'm a bit uptight on the topic! :)
I understand! Some people don't realize how much a mental illness effects someone and they joke because they have little things that could mean they have the illness, but it most likely they don't
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Nichol marie says
That's what I've usually heard, (Extreme ups and downs) along with manic or over the top behavior when they're happy/excited. They're also known to quickly become very depressed over life's minor disappointments.
Don't know if she's diagnosed or not, but the person who has a lot of unhappiness and legitimate anger to be "fighting off" most of the time may try to "find and celebrate happiness" where they can get it.
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