bipolar disorder

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar experience high and low moods—known as mania and depression—which differ from the typical ups-and-downs most people experience. The condition affects men and women equally, with about 2.6% of the U.S. population diagnosed with bipolar disorder. If left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens. However, with a good treatment plan including psychotherapy, medications, a healthy lifestyle, a regular schedule and early identification of symptoms, many people live well with the condition. A part of this larger condition is bipolar depression, which is unlike unipolar depression and it should be treated differently. Knowing what kind of depression you have is important because there are different treatment options for different types.

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Longevity And Bipolar Disorder

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