Bipolar Disorder (manic-depressive illness) is an impairment of the brain that results in dramatic shifts from a person’s usual mood and behavior. These shifts in mood, activity level and energy levels can impact relationships at home, school, work and beyond.
People with bipolar disorder experience mood episodes characterized by either an overly joyful/overexcited state, or by an intense sad/hopeless state.
Common symptoms of a manic state include:
- Long periods of feeling “high” or outgoing
- Talking very fast
- Racing thoughts
- Overly restless/not sleeping for long periods
Common symptoms of a depressive state include:
- Long periods of feeling sad or hopeless
- Loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shifts in sleeping and eating habits
- Thoughts of suicide
While bipolar disorder has no cure, treatment to control symptoms can help individuals regain control of their life. Medication, therapy and other treatment options are often used in combination as directed by your healthcare provider.
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