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Why should I connect with others if I have bipolar disorder?

If you have bipolar disorder, connect with others and know you're not alone. Great doctors have written many books about the connection between hope, happiness and medical outcomes. Great researchers have concluded that social connection impacts longevity more than many other health factors. Social connection is within your reach. Not only will others in a support group help you, but you most likely can help others. Give and receive. Accept and contribute. Know that according to the National Institutes of Mental Health (www.nimh.gov), 19 million American adults have a depressive disorder. Nearly 2.5 million adults have a bipolar disorder. Because bipolar disorder, however, can go unrecognized and untreated, researchers estimate that the number is much higher. Today, more than 1,000 support groups—both for patients and those helping another—exist to help those impacted by mood disorders. 

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