Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder is a disorder where your mood can change more than a normal brain does. For instance, typically, women have at least 4 mood swings in a year. A women with bipolar could have mood swings from a couple more times a year or as much as mood swings within hours apart of each other.

What are the risks with Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder is a lifetime illness without a cure. Even though there are medication and types of therapy to help control the disorder, there are many ways it can effect your daily life. Living with Bipolar Disorder can make it hard to go out and do things you would typically like to do. It also it makes it hard to wake up in the morning, go to school or work, and can even ruin relationships. The most severe problem with Bipolar Disorder is it comes with suicidal thought in most patients. If you are having any thoughts of suicide or know anybody with suicidal thoughts, contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255. They are open 24/7 with trained councilors who want to help you as much as possible.

Bipolar Disorder Facts:

This disorder is also known as Manic-Depressive Disorder

There are two types of Bipolar. Bipolar I is the most severe, causing many mood swings and manic is severe. Bipolar II is less severe, causing a few more mood swings in a year.

Some of the symptoms can be anything from poor judgement, aggressive, sleep problems, low appetite, and spending sprees.

What can you do to help? Be there for someone. Help get them help if they are hesitant, and don't hesitate. Be their smile when they can't seem to find anything to smile about.

This chart shows the amount of hospital visits for Bipolar Disorder in different age groups.

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