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Bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder go through extreme shifts in mood. Sometimes, they feel very "up" — feeling overly joyful and full of energy. This is called mania. At other times, people with bipolar disorder feel very "down" — feeling very sad and hopeless. This is called depression. Sometimes, people with bipolar disorder have symptoms of mania and depression at the same time. Finding the right treatment and sticking with it are the keys to managing bipolar disorder. Without treatment, extreme shifts in mood and energy level make it hard for people with bipolar disorder to keep a job and maintain relationships.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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