Sunday, November 27, 2005

New York Daily News - Manic-depressives find support, solace on Web

Jimi Hendrix expressed it in music, Vincent van Gogh expressed it on canvas and now an underground subculture of bloggers is expressing it online.

"It" is bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, which afflicts about 1% of U.S. adults, according to the National Institutes of Health. Sufferers are subjected to mood swings that may veer from overly excited highs to soul-crushing lows. Although treatable, it remains, in the institute's words, "a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life."