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Bipolar disorder (also called manic - depressive disorder) is an illness that causes extreme mood changes that alternate between manic episodes of abnormally high energy and the extreme lows of depression.
Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can be effectively treated with a combination of medications and counseling.
Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood swings, from feeling overly energetic (mania) to feeling very sad or having low energy (depression).
Almost all people who have bipolar disorder need medication. But counseling is also important to help you cope with work and relationship struggles related to your illness.
If you have bipolar disorder, call or other emergency services.
With bipolar disorder, you alternate between episodes of depression and mania. In between, you may return completely to normal or have some remaining symptoms.
The cause of bipolar disorder is not well understood, although evidence suggests that the disorder runs in families
There are no lab tests for bipolar disorder. Instead, your doctor will ask detailed questions about your symptoms.
Bipolar disorder can run in the family. Find information on the risk factors for bipolar disorder including alcohol or drug abuse, stress, and genetics.
Healthwise information on bipolar disorder.
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