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When the child becomes the parent: Caring for my bi-polar mother

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TODAY marks World Mental Health Day. It’s a day to raise awareness, advocate against social stigma, and educate people on the realities of mental illness. But for me, it holds a far more personal meaning.

One in four people will be affected by a mental health or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, making mental disorders the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

I did not know how deeply my life would become affected by this statistic. My mother suffered first from depression at the age of 66, and seven years later she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

During her first episode, my father had a wrong-site surgery and was kept in a medical coma. I was their only........

© Asian Correspondent