What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects how you feel and can make your mood change dramatically from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). The changes in mood can be overwhelming and distressing. However you may feel well between these times.

Previously called manic depression, it can affect all aspects of your life such as work, school and relationships. When experiencing manic highs and lows the symptoms can be severe, including changes in energy levels and to the way you act.

Bipolar disorder can affect you at any age, but you’re most likely to be diagnosed between 16-24 years old. Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to psychosis and depression.

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