Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes significant changes in mood, behavior, and energy levels. The mood swings that affect people with bipolar disorder can last for days, weeks, or even several months. It is difficult to diagnose this condition because its signs and symptoms can be subtle or assumed to indicate other disorders, but long-term treatment enables people with bipolar disorder to live healthy lives.
People in the hypomanic or manic phase of bipolar experience euphoria and exhilaration without external cause. They may be excitable and energetic, but the high is often short-lived. Though this may be considered a "good mood," it is often experienced with an intensity not common to people without the condition. Furthermore, after the manic state ends, people with bipolar disorder often experience a jarring downward spiral that results in depression.
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