It's Never To Late To start living


I was diagnosed with Bipolar not more than a year ago but I am one of the lucky ones. I have a solid support structure both at work and at home. Just recently my medication was altered again. This time for the better I feel. My good and positive feeling does not erase the memory I have of my darkest days and that is why I created Live4life.


Below is something I read recently and it changed my life!

If you are reading this then I am talking to you…

End your sadness, It's time…

You are too determined to call yourself "unfixable"-

Look around…


If you continue to wear the label,

Then that's all you will ever be!


SADAG is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group.




  1. Bipolar Disorder affects up to 1% of the population in South Africa
  2. Bipolar Disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world
  3. Bipolar Disorder is not restricted to any social or educational class, race, or nationality
  4. Bipolar Disorder was previously known as Manic-Depressive illness
  5. Bipolar Disorder is a physical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, energy, thinking and behaviour
  6. Bipolar Disorder is typically seen as episodes of deep depression manic highs
  7. Bipolar Disorder often disrupts work, school, family, and social life
  8. Men and women are equally affected; however men tend to have more manic episodes while women experience more depressive episodes
  9. Famous people in the past, like Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Vincent Van Gogh and others were all Bipolar sufferers.
  10. Bipolar Disorder is believed to be a combination of biochemical, genetic and psychological factors.
  11. Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life.
  12. Bipolar Disorder can also affect children, however diagnosis is difficult as many symptoms mimic emotions and other behaviours such as ADHD
  13. Bipolar Disorder in children significantly impairs functioning in school and at home with the family
  14. It is not always recognized as an illness, and people who have it may suffer needlessly for years or even decades
  15. Bipolar Disorder is treatable, and is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness; very effective treatments are available
  16. South Africa has over 15 Support Groups around the country
  17. If you suspect you, a family member, or a friend has possible Bipolar Disorder, you should contact SADAG on 0800 70 80 90 for help
  18. Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
  19. The dramatic and rapidly changing mood swings from highs to lows do not follow a set pattern, and depression does not always follow manic phases. A person may also experience the same mood several times before experiencing the opposite mood. Mood swings can happen over a period of weeks, months. The severity of the depressive and manic phases can differ from person to person, and even in the same person at different times.


Mania (the “highs”)

Depression (the “lows”)


• Increased physical and mental activity  and energy, like staying up all night and talking very fast

• Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence

• Excessive irritability, aggressive behaviour

• Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue, such as working on the computer for 20 hours straight

• Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance, such as maxing out credit cards

• Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas

• Impulsiveness, poor judgment, distractibility such as gambling

• Reckless behaviour like having unprotected sex with strangers

• In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinations. Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells

• Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns

• Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety

• Pessimism, indifference

• Loss of energy, persistent tiredness

• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness

• Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness

• Inability to take pleasure in former


• Unexplained aches and pains

• Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

·     Social withdrawal





For any further information on support groups, brochures and referrals please contact The South African Depression and Anxiety Group on

0800 70 80 90 from 8am – 8pm and speak to a counsellor.

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