The business of bipolar disorder: A project to support Canadian employers, employees and entrepreneurs Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC Dept. of Psychiatry
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a mood disorder characterized by changes in mood (ranging between mania and depression), thinking, and behaviours. It is often first diagnosed in young adulthood, emphasizing the importance of early intervention. The condition affects about half a million Canadians, and is the sixth leading cause of disability among people aged 18-44. The severity and unpredictability of BD lead to considerable stigma towards those who live with the condition, as well as for caregivers and loved ones.
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