ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
March 30 was proclaimed World Bipolar Disorder Day, by international civil society organizations all over the world, the Baja California State Psychiatry Institute (IPEBC) works permanently to foster awareness and break down social stigma over this serious condition, and aiming to educate people, and the whole community about this disease, informed director Víctor Salvador Rico Hernández.
The Institute has treated more than 13 thousand 500 patients, so far this year, 8 percent suffer this condition, bipolarity, “which is presented as an alteration with marked changes in the state of mind of a person, ranging from feeling sad or depressed to alternating periods of happiness and activity or irritation and moodiness”.
Rico Hernández explained that, “the symptoms appear as noticeable fluctuations in mood, thought, behavior, energy and the ability to perform very day activities; since it has two phases, one euphoric and happy and another one, sad and depressive”.
He mentioned that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is estimated that 60 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder, thus becoming one of the six most disabling diseases in the world. Finally, Rico Hernández invited State residents who show the afore mentioned symptoms to approach the IPEBC Mental Health Program by calling the phones in Mexicali at 686 842 70 50, in Tijuana at 664 684 29 81 and at 646 178 85 77. in Cove; or on the official profile of the Institute of Psychiatry of the State of Baja California on Facebook, where guidance on services will be provided.