What is bipolar disorder?

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

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

You’re more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder between 16-24 years old, but it can affect anyone at any age. Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to psychosis and depression.

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