Learn About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder causes extreme changes in mood, energy/activity levels, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks

It is typical for an individual to experience day-to-day changes in mood, but it is important to be aware of how that these emotional ups and downs differ from Bipolar Disorder. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder experience extreme changes in mood, called manic and depressive episodes. In manic episodes, someone might feel very happy, irritable, or “up,” and there is a marked increase in activity level. In depressive episodes, someone might feel sad, indifferent, or hopeless, in combination with a very low activity level. These mood episodes cause symptoms that last a week or two or sometimes longer.

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