Bipolar Disorder Prevalence -
Tuesday night I watched Dateline’s 20th Anniversary Special. I was particularly excited to see the interview with Michael J. Fox. Regular readers of my blog know that I have written a few articles about him and really think he sets a great example for those living with differences.
What I found really striking during his interview was when he asked his interviewer, Jane Pauley, a few questions himself. A very poignant comment was made when Pauley confessed that during a previous interview with Fox, he had helped her reach an epiphany. She had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had also turned in her resignation to The Today Show. She had been offered her own program but was unclear as to whether she would take it, given her recent diagnosis. She told Fox that during that interview, she made up her mind to persevere. Pauley took the job and, although it only lasted a year, she told Fox that that was one of the happiest years of her life and she owed that to him.
Another celebrity who has openly discussed her diagnosis with bipolar disorder is Catherine Zeta Jones. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Chicago, Traffic and more recently she has been seen in the T-Mobile commercials where she tells us all of the great benefits of T-Mobile android phones as opposed to their competitors.
Today, far more people are open and talk about their mental health issues. Do you think that it is because the issues are more prevalent today or because we are slowly removing the stigma that used to encompass mental illness? Years ago, when actress Vivien Leigh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it slowly ruined her career and her life. Today, countless people are not only coping with this diagnosis, but are also thriving and living happy, successful lives.
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