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Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is Bipolar Disorder?


Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depression, is a serious condition that causes shifts in a person's mood, energy and ability to function. It is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Symptoms of Bipolar Dosorder are severe and can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.

Signs and symptoms:

Bipolar Disorder usually develops in a person's late teen to early adult years. Symptoms include dramatic mood swings from overly "high" and/or irritable to sad and hopeless then back again, often with periods if normal mood in between. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.

Treatment:

A combination of medication and psychotherapy provides substantial stabilization in the person's mood. If you or someone you know seems to suffer from Bipolar Disorder, please call us at Central Florida Mental Health Associates at 386.736-9165 for a free 15 minutes consultation with one of our therapists.

To read the entire article go to www.nimh.nih.gov

1 comment:

  1. http://www.pendulum.org/ and http://www.dbsalliance.org/ are both very good sites for information and support. And https://www.mood247.com/ is a very useful tool for monitoring mood.

    This is a very dangerous disease which can wreck lives and even prove fatal if not treated properly. It's always nice to see people spreading awareness. :o)

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