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Approximately 2.6% of Americans have experienced bipolar disorder in the past year, and at some point in their lives, around 4.4% of the populationhas encountered this condition. From manic to depressive, bipolar disorder is marked by severe mood and energy changes. While this disorder is a chronic condition with no known cure, most people can effectively manage their symptoms. There are several distinct types of bipolar disorder, and treatment depends on the diagnosis.

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1. Definition

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive syndrome, is a brain condition that induces frequent mood swings and can make it difficult to perform day-to-day activities. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average age for the onset of bipolar disorder is 25, although it may occur at any age.

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