Bipolar Disorder

By Ben S.

Definition

Bipolar disorder is a depressive disorder that causes frequent and violent mood sings.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of manic bipolar disorder include racing speech and/or thoughts, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, elevated mood, increased physical/mental activity, excessive irritability, poor judgement, and reckless behavior.

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How can being bipolar affect someone?

A person with bipolar disorder can experience rapid mood changes and other different mood related problems, such as anxiety.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosis is usually difficult, as it can be mistaken easily for other disorders like ADHD. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but medicines and other treatments can help the person control and manage symptoms.