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Bipolar disorder is very difficult to live with. Day to day activities can be severely impacted by the extreme changes in mood. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes).* Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes. There’s no cure, but there are many treatment options available that can help to manage the symptoms. However without treatment, a person with bipolar disorder may have major bouts of depression.* They may lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy. It’s also common to gain or lose weight, sleep too much or too little, and even think about suicide. During a manic phase, people feel super-charged and think they can do anything. Their self-esteem soars out of control and it’s hard for them to sit still.* They talk more, are easily distracted, their thoughts race, and they don’t sleep enough. It often leads to reckless behavior, such as spending sprees, cheating, fast driving, and substance abuse.*

There are two common bipolar disorders called bipolar I and Bipolar II.*

Bipolar I is classified as having more extreme episodes between mania and depression. Bipolar II is classified as having milder episodes between mania and depression.* Either way a person suffers between mania and depression. It is just a matter of degree and the duration of the condition.

Bipolar affects about 5.7 million Americans*

  • Bipolar affects men and women equally across races*
  • Bipolar disorder is the 6th leading cause of disability*
  • As many as one and five patients complete suicide* 
  • Approximately 35% of patients are obese*
  • 3 times more likely to develop diabetes* 
  • Bipolar  is the 4th most common mental disorder*

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If you or a loved one suffers from symptoms of bipolar please get diagnosed for treatment. Treatments range from medications, therapies, to brain stimulation and more. Further Your brain itself might cause this disorder. For instance, Abnormalities in the structure or functions of your brain may increase your risk. Environmental factors may influence the development of this disorder like extreme stress, traumatic experiences, or physical illness. In other words, your brain and environmental factors both contribute to the development of this disorder.


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*National Institute of Mental Health. 2020. Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Retrieved February 15, 2020, from

*The Recovery Village. 2019. Bipolar disorder facts and statistics. Retrieved February 12, 2020, from

*Depression and Bipolar support alliance. 2019. Bipolar disorder statistics. Retrieved February 15, 2020, from

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