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Actress Debi Mazar Talks About her Family's Experience with Bipolar Depression
Date:11/12/2009

ble with the right treatment and the support of friends, family, and health care professionals.”

The SPEAK and Be Heard campaign encourages people with bipolar depression and their caregivers to become role models for others by sharing their challenges and successes in managing the disease. To be part of the panel, patients and caregivers were asked to submit their inspirational stories of living successfully with bipolar depression. Finalists were chosen by leading psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor, primary care physician Dr. Brendan Montano, and president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Peter Ashenden. Three people with bipolar depression and one caregiver were chosen to share their stories at today’s panel discussion with the hope of reshaping the national dialogue on bipolar depression.

“Bipolar depression can interfere with a person’s ability to handle tasks related to work or family, making it very disruptive to everyday life,” stated Dr. Taylor. “People who have bipolar depression and are still feeling symptoms such as sadness or loss of interest should talk to their doctor. As we heard today, bipolar depression can be successfully managed by working with a health care professional, through family support, knowing what to expect, and developing and sticking to an appropriate treatment plan.”

To learn more about bipolar depression and download useful tools like a mood diary and medication tracker, visit www.FacingBipolar.com.

About Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder may affect approximately 8 million American adults.1,2 People with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings from highs, called bipolar mania, to lows, called bipolar depression.3 Bipolar disorder can significantly interfere with thoughts, activity, and physical health.4 The depressive episodes
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