Bipolar disorder may be known to you as manic depression; that’s a term that is often used. It’s a brain disorder that doesn’t have a known cause, but it does seem to run in some families. It affects men and women in equal numbers, affecting about 8 million people in the United States,.
The disorder causes the brain to shift in moods from very high level manic functioning down to low, severe depression. There are two types of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I disorder is characterized by one or more manic or mixed episodes, often with one or more episodes of major depression, whereas bipolar II disorder is distinguished by one or more major depressive episodes accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode.
The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, has made available an interactive exhibit called The Bipolar Journey: Living With Bipolar Depression. The exhibit is for both people who are living with bipolar disorder and for those who care about them. While bipolar disorder involves both manic and depressive phases, this exhibit is for those who are experiencing depression, to help them understand it and learn how to manage it.
According to an AstraZeneca press release:
The Bipolar Journey features imagery, multimedia activities, and interactive tools to help patients connect with experts as well as other patients and caregivers who have dealt with the impact of bipolar depression in their own lives. For example, a unique tool lets visitors select questions that interest them and hear tailored video responses from Dr. Taylor. Through a powerful feature called “My Story,” visitors can step into a photo booth to give a short message of inspiration about their experience with bipolar depression. Select messages are then posted on an “inspiration wall” to travel around the country with the exhibit, inspiring hope in others. Additional features include a podcast listening station and a short video.
There are no details yet about when and where the exhibit will be, so watch for it.