In 2017, 76 lakh people had bipolar disorder in India (The Lancet) but Indians are ignorant about mental health due to the stigma and prejudice against mental illness. Terms such as “Psycho”, ” Pagal” or “Mentally retarded” are used for people suffering with mental health problems. People prefer to take treatment from physician or neurologist for mental health illness and avoid psychiatrist. Many a times they waste crucial time in taking advice from faith healer/ religious preacher or non psychiatrist.
Famous Bollywood celebrities with Bipolar Disorder
- Yo Yo Honey Singh : He is an Indian music composer, rapper , pop singer, producer lyricist and film actor. He ruled the Bollywood music industry with his energetic rap numbers. Some of his hit tracks are ‘Dope shope’, ‘Aata Majhi Satakli’, ‘Lungi Dance’, and several other foot-tapping songs. In 2016, he was diagnosed with Bipolar mood disorder and got treated for the same. Currently, he is full functional with his peppy music and entertaining the world.
- Shama Sikander : She is an Indian actress and worked in many web series as well. She was showing symptoms like lethargy, nightmares, depression, and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She says that one has to take medicines to make sure the chemicals in our brains need to be balanced. Currently she is better and pursuing her career in Bollywood.
Other Famous Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder
- Mariah Carey
- Carrie Fisher.
- Bebe Rexha.
- Mel Gibson.
- Demi Lovato.
- Russell Brand.
- Brian Wilson.
- Kurt Cobain.
Mariah Carey: “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love.”
What is Bipolar Disease?
What are the Causes of Mood Swings?
What are the Types of Mood Swings?
What are the triggers of Mood Swings?
What are the symptoms of Mood Swings?
Symptoms A. Manic phase -last from days to months:
Dr. Rameez Shaikh (MBBS, MD, MIPS) is a consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist in Nagpur and works at Mind & Mood Clinic. He believes that faith-based treatment, encompassing spiritual, physical, and mental health, will provide you with the long-lasting knowledge and tool to find happiness and wholeness again. In his spare time, he’s an aspiring singer and writer.