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Sadag reports increase in people living with bipolar disorder

Sadag's Tracy Feinstein says it's important for people to talk about mental conditions to dispel myths.

Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) says there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of people living with bipolar disorder.

The group has been running several events across the country this week to highlight Bipolar Awareness Day, which was on Thursday.

Sadag's Tracy Feinstein says it's important for people to start talking about mental conditions in order to dispel myths.

Feinstein says many South Africans aren't aware of how big the problem is.

"People need to get the correct diagnosis and the numbers are bigger. Also it's the simple thing of the more we get out there and report in the media about these stigmatised illnesses we think the numbers are bigger but maybe they have always been there."

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