Mental Illness - Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that effects people's moods and causes swings from a depressive state to a mental high. It causes people to jump from one mood or state of mind to another and can happen very quickly. 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6% of the population are effected by this horrible disease. This means that it is common enough to be a major problem for many people.

Bipolar disorder has many different symptoms that vary from person to person. The most common symptom is quick and extreme mood changes. An example of this would be sheer happiness followed by crying over a past event. But the changes in moods can also take much longer time, sometimes a pattern of happiness can continue for weeks even before a change occurs.

Bipolar disorder has many different medications that can be taken to reduce the side effects. There are no complete cures to this disease as of yet. Many times the symptoms can be reduces greatly but there are large recurrences of the disease appearing again after it being gone for a while. Also you have to see a doctor to get help for this disease, it is very important that you contact him and keep regular checkups.


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