You have been honored with this award. There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in.
- Let others know who gave you the award and link back to them as a thank you.
This is the originating post.
I want these ladies to know that they have touched my life and helped me learn more about things that are important to them by speaking up and helping in the fight against ignorance and stigma. There will be more in the future, but I'm starting with these. Next week, their posts will be first in line linked for Awareness Wednesday.
- You may give this to as many or few individuals as you choose. This should be awarded to those with a cause. Something they want to raise awareness about. Don't forget to notify your recipients of the award.
I chose to limit mine to 5 this week...
I would like to give this to:
for raising awareness for Epilepsy
for Bipolar Awareness
for Postpartum Depression
and WEEZER at
on Agoraphobia Awareness
Just because these are the awareness items I've recognized you for, doesn't mean that is what you have to post about. Make your post about what you are most passionate about educating others on at the moment.
- Display the badge in your post and tell us about what you would like to raise awareness about.
from Bring Change 2 Mind, a group diligently working to fight the stigma of mental illness that is perpetuated in the world of ignorance, assumptions and misunderstanding. I am using the green awareness ribbon, as it represents the different forms of mental illness, including bipolar. (Yes, it represents other causes, too.)
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive
illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual
shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the
ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms
of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different
from the normal ups-and-downs that everyone
goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder
symptoms can result in damaged relationships,
poor job or school performance, and even suicide.
But bipolar disorder can be treated. A combination
of professional counseling and medication helps
most people return to productive and fulfilling lives.
Bipolar symptoms may seem like separate problems,
not recognized as parts of a larger problem, so it
can be years before a person is properly diagnosed
and treated. Bipolar disorder often develops in a
person's late teens or early adult years, and it has
been reported that at least half of all cases start
before age 25. Some people have their first symptoms
during childhood, while others may develop
symptoms late in life. Like diabetes or heart disease,
bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be
carefully managed throughout a person's life.
Bipolar mood changes are called episodes, and
people usually shift from manic to depressive episodes.
- Excessively “high”, euphoric mood
- Extreme irritability
- Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities
and powers, such as feeling able to control
- Decreased need for sleep without
- Racing thoughts or fast speech
- Distractibility or difficulty concentrating
- Spending sprees
Common signs/symptoms of a
- Feeling very “down” or sad
- Feeling worried and empty
- Having trouble concentrating
- Forgetting things a lot
- Losing interest in fun activities
and becoming less active
- Having trouble sleeping
- Thinking about death or suicide
- Link your Award post to the Awareness Award Page so that as others find out about this, they can link back to your post and learn more. (In the Linky provided there)
Let's change the world,
one blog post at a time!