Bipolar Disorder

  • Also called manic-depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder causes changes in a person's mood, energy level, behavior, and ability to function

Bipolar disorder affects about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every day

  • That is approximately 5.7 million adult Americans (National Institute of Mental Health)


  • Medications like mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants help control bipolar disorder
  • Psychotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy are other alternative treatments

Helpful Resources:

  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) website


  • A person with bipolar disorder alternates between extreme happiness and extreme sadness
  • These extreme emotions may leave the person tired and unable to concentrate
  • They may also result in overeating and oversleeping

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