Bipolar Disorder

or Manic-Depressive Disorder

Bipolar Disorder:

Marked by extreme mood changes, energy levels, and behavior changes.

How it's controlled:

Diagnosis of treatment, or professional help.

Is it Genetic?

No, bipolar disorder is not genetic, but it can be developed at a young age.

Effects if not treated:

Constant battle with self, and mood swings.

Brigid's Story:

Brigid is 17 years old right now. She got good grades and was on the cheerleading team at her high school. At a young age she was diagnosed with bipolar depression. She is involved with self harm and she lost all of her friends.

What is Bipolar Disorder? (Bipolar #1)

Statistics of Bipolar Disorder:

  • It's the 6th leading cause of disability in the world
  • It affects about 5.7 million Americans (2.6% of the population)
  • It reduces up to 9.2 years of expected life span
  • One out of every five patients with bipolar disorder commit suicide