Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual and extreme mood changes ranging from mania to depression:
- elevated mood: emotional highs, abnormally happy, energetic
- depressive mood: sad or hopeless feelings;lose interest or pleasure in most activities
Bipolar disorder also provokes changes in energy levels and in behavior.
Bipolar disorder is not the same as the high-and-lows that everyone has. Bipolar symptoms are more powerful than that. They can damage relationships. Some people with bipolar disorder try to hurt themselves or attempt suicide.
People with bipolar disorder can get better and lead successful lives with help.
Bipolar disorder affects both men and women and generally starts between the ages of 15 and 25. Its exact cause is unknown but it does appear more often in those persons whose family has a history of the disorder.
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