What is Bipolar disorder?

  • Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior.
  • You can think of the highs and the lows as two "poles" of mood, which is why it's called "bipolar" disorder.
  • The word "manic" describes the times when someone with bipolar disorder feels overly excited and confident. These feelings can also involve irritability and impulsive or reckless decision-making.
  • The root causes of bipolar disorder isn't known however environment and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role.
  • India gets on an average 10 million cases per year.
  • Bipolar disorder is not curable and can last for years or lifetime.
  • Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. Treatment is directed at managing symptoms.
  • Treatment can include medications, continued treatment with medications even when you feel better, day treatment programs, substance abuse treatment, and hospitalization when one starts behaving dangerously.
  • Severe bipolar disorder leads to suicidal behavior or one becoming detached from reality and needs extreme care.

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