One of the common misconceptions about people who are living with bipolar disorder is that they are simply making an excuse for moodiness…

The truth is that bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. It causes a person to have dramatic shifts in emotions and energy levels from extreme highs, known as manic phases, to extreme lows characterised by deep depression.

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), bipolar disorder affects about 500 000 people in South Africa.

Although there is no known cure, medication, therapy, following a healthy diet and exercise, can all help to reduce the symptoms and help sufferers manage the condition.

A personal perspective

To learn more about the disorder, from the personal perspective of someone who suffers from it, watch the following featured video in which Roselyne shares her journey with bipolar disease.

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