n African Journal of Psychiatry - Lack of knowledge feeds stigma surrounding bipolar
South African Depression and Anxiety Group : Patients as partners

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



A physical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, energy, thinking and behaviour, bipolar disorder is a very disruptive mental illness that affects a person's family, work and social life. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood and stigmatised, leaving loved ones sceptical about the disorder and patients feeling like it's something to be ashamed of

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