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Why bipolar disorder is becoming more ‘desirable’ than other mental illnesses – The Conversation UK

Wednesday, 8 January, 2020

Why bipolar disorder is becoming more ‘desirable’ than other mental illnesses – The Conversation UK

Kanye West at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, in April 2019. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

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Bipolar disorder is a severe mental health condition. But in recent years it has become the one mental health diagnosis that patients are willing to accept. Research shows that to some people it has actually become “desirable” when compared with other mood disorders.

This could be because of bipolar disorder’s association with creativity. For example, Charles Dickens and Beethoven are thought to have had bipolar disorder. The de-stigmatising effect of considerable media coverage could also be factor. As could its association with successful celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Kanye West and Carrie Fisher.

Click here to read full article http://theconversation.com/why-bipolar-disorder-is-becoming-more-desirable-than-other-mental-illnesses-128039

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