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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes severe or unusual shifts in mood, energy level, thinking, and behavior.  For example, people with bipolar disorder often experience episodes of overly high “highs”, extreme irritability, and depression. While everyone has good and bad moods, the unprovoked and intense highs and lows of people with bipolar disorder can be unpredictable, extreme, and debilitating.

Bipolar disorder occurs in all age groups, young and old. Until recently, bipolar disorder in children and adolescents was thought to be an extremely rare condition, but it may, in fact, be more common than previously thought.



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