Once known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects roughly 2.6% of Americans. Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood swings, and people with the condition experience high emotions such as hypomania to lows such as severe depression. There is currently no cure for bipolar disorder. There are, however, ways in which you can manage your condition and live your life as fully as possible.
Mood swings can be a difficult symptom to deal with for both a person with bipolar disorder and the people in their life. The rate at which these mood swings happen depends upon the individual. Some people with bipolar disorder will experience mood swings several times a year, whereas, in others, mood swings will rarely occur. It can be exhausting to alternate between feeling as though there is no way out of the darkness, to feeling hyperactive and manic to the point of insomnia and other debilitating effects. But, just because you have bipolar disorder doesn't mean you have to suffer.
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