Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar disorder often develops in a person's late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life.


News

Rate of Bipolar Symptoms Among Teens Approaches That of Adults
The rate of bipolar symptoms among U.S. teens is nearly as high as the rate found among adults, according to NIMH-funded research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. (NIMH Science News, 6/18/12) 

Bipolar Disorder: A Biopsychosocial Overview - PowerPoint presentation (10 MB file) from Dr. Robin Nusslock presented at MHA's Eat, Learn, Give Dinner Event, May 1, 2012


Fact Sheets

Bipolar Disorder (easy to read)
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder and African Americans
Bipolar Disorder and Children

 


Links & Resources

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Balanced Mind (formerly known as the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation)