Bipolar disorder – formerly known as manic-depression – is a chronic, recurring condition that includes cycles of depression and elation or mania.
People with bipolar disorder may not realize how their emotional instability affects their lives and the people around them. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of bipolar disorder, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. The condition doesn’t go away on it own; it requires mental health care.
Depressive disorders come in different forms, as do other illnesses such as heart disease. Within each type of disorder, there are variations in the number of symptoms, their severity, and persistence.
The characteristics of bipolar disorder vary from person to person. For some people, the depression causes more problems, while in others, the manic phase causes the most problems.
In general, signs of the manic phase include:
The depressive phase can include:
Although bipolar disorder usually affects adults, it can occur in children. In children, the disorder can be characterized by mood swings, bouts of depression, and hyperactivity.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is home to one of the premier centers in the world for the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders including bipolar disorder. Our mental health physicians are board certified and respected by their peers as authorities on all types of mental health problems, including bipolar disorder.
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