30March ’22: World Bipolar Day

On March 30th each year, the world comes together to raise awareness of a mental health disorder that affects nearly 6 million Americans, each in a distinctive way.

Bipolar disorder has an impact that goes far beyond numbers. I’ve learned this working at bp Magazine for Bipolar, a print and online publication that educates and empowers people dealing with bipolar. I have been incredibly inspired by our bipolar community’s strength and resilience through interacting with bloggers, professional writers, social media followers, and mental health partners.

So, on World Bipolar Day, here are some aspects of bipolar disorder that are important to understand, so you can help combat social stigma:

  1. Bipolar disorder affects every aspect of life: It may be difficult to fully comprehend the toll bipolar disorder can take on someone because it is an invisible illness. As bp Magazine vlogger Natasha Tracy describes in a powerful video, it can be as crippling –impacting relationships, working, and all aspects of everyday life—from sleeping to showering.
  2. Bipolar disorder has many causes, from genetics to life events: After a study that spanned nearly two decades, a team from the University of Michigan found that there is no single genetic change, life event, or chemical brain imbalance that could be the root cause of bipolar disorder. Many times, it is a combination of several biological and environmental factors that can trigger bipolar disorder.
  3. Bipolar disorder rarely exists alone: As if a mood disorder that involves long-spanning depressions and manic episodes wasn’t enough to deal with, bipolar disorder can also come with other physical and psychological conditions to worry about. These include metabolic disorders and migraines.
  4. Everyone’s bipolar disorder is different: Bipolar disorder is like fingerprints and snowflakes—no two people have the exact same symptoms and each diagnosis can vary greatly. However, there are two main types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I which is characterized by one or more manic episodes that last at least a week and require hospitalization; and bipolar II, which is characterized by more depressive episodes.
  5. There are many celebrities that live with bipolar disorder: Celebrities including Demi Lovato, Richard Dryfuss, and Mary Lambert are using their high-profile platform to combat bipolar disorder stigma. Demi Lovato in particular is making headlines for bringing the CAST Foundation on her Tell Me You Love Me Tour. CAST is an extension of a Los Angeles-based mental health awareness organization that Demi says helped her stay sober for six years.
  6. There may be a creativity connection: Did you know that World Bipolar Day occurs on Vincent van Gogh’s birthday? Van Gogh, considered one of the most influential artists of all time[7], was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Another famous face of creativity is Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She’s considered a heroine for rebelling against mental health stigma.
  7. It is life-threatening, and support is vital: An estimated 1 in 5 people diagnosed with bipolar disorder dies by suicide. World Bipolar Day is an opportunity to show those living with the day-to-day challenges of this condition they are not alone, they have your support, and there is always hope.

https://mhanational.org/blog/7-reasons-why-world-bipolar-day-important

The US government places Kaspersky on the cybersecurity blacklist

In recent days, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to include the Russian security company Kaspersky within the same “entity list” that has hosted Huawei and ZTE since last year. According to the FCC, Kaspersky security products pose a national security risk and therefore will no longer be eligible for federal funds. In addition to Kaspersky, which has long since been banned from all US government networks, China Mobile and China Telecom have also been added to the list of unwelcome companies. “Kaspersky is disappointed with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to ban the use of certain federal telecommunications subsidies for the purchase of Kaspersky products and services. This decision is not based on any technical assessment of Kaspersky products that the company continually supports. , but it is taken on a political basis, “said the Russian security company. “I am pleased that our national security agencies agreed with my assessment that China Mobile and China Telecom appeared to meet the threshold needed to be added to our list. Their addition, as well as that of Kapsersky Labs, will help protect our networks from threats posed by state-backed Chinese and Russian entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America’s interests, “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. In this way, Kaspersky earns the double distinction of being the first Russian company and the first company specialized in cyber security to enter the US entity list. Recall that the companies on this list represent, according to the US, a threat to national security and therefore are excluded from the possibility of receiving funds among the 8 billion dollars available every year in the Universal Service Fund program of the Federal Communications Commission, which goes to support telecommunication services in rural areas or for the low-income population or even for institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The move by the FCC comes within the context of the consequences triggered by the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Company founder Eugene Kaspersky has long been accused of having ties to the Russian military and intelligence, although he has repeatedly stated that his company is completely independent of the government. A couple of weeks ago the German Federal Office for Cybersecurity advised companies in the country not to use Kaspersky products as the company could be forced to put its products at the service of Russian intelligence.

♬ Deadmau5 & Kaskade – Escape

LYRIC

I’m not invisible to you
Do my eyes, do my eyes speak true?
My soul, so in touch with yours tonight
Won’t let my head, let my head take flight

We could leave this place
Freedom ours to chase
What if I escape with you?

What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?
What if I escape?

Mm, mm-mm, mm, mm-mm

Is it real? Is it just a fantasy?
‘Cause the unknown, the unknown’s pulling me

We could leave this place
Freedom ours to chase
What if I escape with you?

What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?

Mm, mm-mm, mm, mm-mm
Mm, mm-mm, mm, mm-mm

What if I escape with you?
What if I escape with you?