Bipolar Disorder

Goals

Obtain insights on how people in the United States that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder earn income, which could include work, investments, private insurance, public insurance (Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income), gifts, grants, and endowments. Determine also what their life looks like, where they work, what their relationships are like, how their lives are different than their peers, how they manage income, how the condition affects their ability to earn, life outcomes. Obtain information also on how their condition affects American citizens, families, communities, and industry. The information will be used to identity trends and patterns of failure and success in living with bipolar disorder to better understand the target population and their problems, and design a business that can help them thrive.

Early Findings

Bipolar Disorder

  • Those with bipolar disorder usually have a shortened life span, about 9.2 years less than the expected life duration. Around one in five patients with bipolar disorder commit suicide.
  • Compared to adults, children and teens tend to be irritable and will most likely manifest destructive tantrums than to act euphoric. For those experiencing depression, multiple physical complaints may be common such as headaches, fatigue, pain in the stomach, unsatisfactory performance in school, irritability, social isolation, and extreme vulnerability to failing or being rejected.
  • Based on a survey, 88% of those with this disease mentioned that they condition impacted their work performance. Around 58% of these have ceased to work outside of their houses.
  • People with bipolar diseases were advised to look for work with the right work environment.
  • Companies with a quiet and relaxed office atmosphere can help those with bipolar diseases.
  • Night shifts may not be suitable for them as keeping a regular sleep or wake pattern is important for them.

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