Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes serious changes in mood. This condition is also called manic depression. Bipolar disorder is more than just normal mood swings. The changes in mood are pronounced and cause significant distress or impairment in important areas of a person’s life, like work and relationships. These mood disturbances usually occur in episodes that begin between teen years and the mid-20s, but the symptoms typically persist for a lifetime.

The mood episodes are often interspersed with periods of feeling “normal”. Going without adequate treatment for long periods of time can make a person with bipolar disorder more susceptible to more frequent mood episodes. It’s not known what exactly causes bipolar disorder, but what is known is that the illness can sometimes run in families.

Bipolar disorder can have a serious impact on your life, and relationships with other people. It can affect your work life, home life, family, and how you interact socially with other people. But if this condition is diagnosed and treated properly, the symptoms may be reduced.

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