May 22, 2012
The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe
U.S. Postal Service?
475 L`Enfant Plaza,
S.W. Washington, D.C. 20260-0010
Dear Postmaster General Donahoe,
I am writing to request that the USPS create a Silver Ribbon Brain Disorders and Disabilities Awareness Forever First Class Postage Stamp.
I have a family member with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder falls in the class of Mood Disorders, which are caused by biochemical changes in the brain. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.
About 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the population, age 18 and older in any given year, have bipolar disorder. Statistics on children are more difficult to gauge, however, up to one-third of the 3.4 million children and adolescents with depression in the United States may actually be experiencing the early onset of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, some people have their first symptoms during childhood, and some develop them late in life. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated.
Please consider creating a Silver Ribbon Brain Disorders and Disabilities Awareness Forever First Class Postage Stamp to help raise awareness for the thousands of children like mine.
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