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Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health

Bipolar disorder (formerly manic depression or manic-depressive disorder) is a type of mental disorder characterized by severe mood swings. One day the sufferer may be manic and have large amounts of energy and vivid emotions. The next day they go into a low or depressive phase. These periods can last up to a few hours, days, or months. Some people swing rapidly from cycle to cycle, while others remain in a cycle for long periods. Long-term care and medication may be required to manage symptoms, along with support from therapists, family, and friends. While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, with good quality care, support, and medication compliance, sufferers can live a happy and full life.

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