Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a serious disorder, but it can be managed and treated successfully.

The extreme highs and lows of bipolar disorder can hurt your job and school performance, damage your relationships, and disrupt your daily life. But you're not powerless when it comes to mania and depression.

Understanding the signs and symptoms and seeking professional help are the first steps to feeling better, but it’s also important to surround yourself with people you can count on, make healthy lifestyle choices, and monitor your moods. With good coping skills and a solid support system, you can live fully and productively and keep the symptoms of bipolar disorder in check.



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What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.


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Bipolar Disorder Signs and Symptoms: We all have our ups and downs, but with bipolar disorder, these peaks and valleys are more severe. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder is the first step to getting it under control. MORE »

Bipolar Support and Self-Help: Although bipolar disorder tends to be a lifelong, recurrent illness, there are many things you can do to help yourself. Discover effective ways to reduce your bipolar disorder symptoms and manage your moods. MORE »

Helping a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder: The moods and behaviors of a person with bipolar disorder affect everyone around—especially family members and close friends. Learn what you can do to offer support while still taking care of yourself. MORE »


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