Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, which used to be called manic depression, involves both periods of feeling low (depressed) and high (mania).

Most people experience a range of moods depending on what's happening in their lives. When good things happen, like getting a new job, going on a holiday or falling in love, it's natural to feel happy. On the other hand, when difficult things happen, like losing a job, losing a loved one or having money or family problems, it can make a person feel down.

However, people with bipolar disorder experience extreme moods that can change regularly. Their mood swings may not relate to what is happening in their lives, although they can be triggered by certain events.

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