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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes individuals to experience extreme shifts in not only mood but also cognitive processes and behaviors. This condition can be difficult to accurately diagnose, and many years can go by before a person is correctlydiagnosed and treated. One explanation of why it is so difficult to diagnose is because the symptoms can easily be confused with those of other illnesses, such as severe depression or schizophrenia.

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1. Down into the Depths of Depression

It is hard to find a human being who is upbeat all the time. Most of us can feel melancholy or joyless due to difficulties, disappointments in life, or depression. In many cases, the feelings of despondencya person with bipolar disorder experiences can reach extreme highs and lows. Many find themselves drained of energy with no motivation and spend a great deal of time sleeping and feeling irritable. Others may feel extraordinarily happy and ready to take on the world.

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