Bipolar disorder - What
What is Bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder used to be called manic depression. It affects how you feel and can make your mood change dramatically. Your mood can change between an extreme high (mania) and an extreme low (depression).You may feel well between these times.
When your mood changes, you might see changes in your energy levels or how you act. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They can affect areas of your life, such as work, school and relationships.
You usually develop bipolar disorder before you are thirty years old, but it can also happen later in life. You can have symptoms of bipolar disorder for a while before a doctor diagnoses you. A doctor might say you have something else such as depression before you get a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
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