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Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Everyone has ups and downs. But those with bipolar disorder have extreme swings in mood, energy and activity level, alternating between a manic—or high—stage and a depressive—or low—one.

Bipolar disorder can occur at any time, though the typical age of onset is 25. Research suggests a genetic link with bipolar disorder. Some studies have shown differences in the brains of those with bipolar disorder.

There are a number of forms of the disorder. Bipolar I disorder has manic episodes that last longer than a week and are so severe that the person typically needs hospital care. Depressive episodes last at least two weeks. Those with bipolar II disorder have a pattern of depression and mania, but manic episodes are much less severe. Cyclothymic disorder is a mild form of bipolar disorder, with mild episodes of mania and depression. Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder occurs when a person has four major episodes within a year.  Treatment is available for all forms of bipolar disorder at Haven Behavioral Hospital.

 

 


Sources:

http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Bipolar-Disorderhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml#part_145404http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/537393

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Bipolar Disorder
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Bipolar Disorder
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Those with bipolar disorder have extreme swings in mood, energy and activity level, alternating between a manic—or high—stage and a depressive—or low—one.
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