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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Bipolar Disorder

Depression, extreme mood or personality changes, or episodes of intense or unusually high energy seen in bipolar disorder can be caused by many disorders. Other possible causes for these types of symptoms include:

It is also possible that certain serious medical conditions, such as a brain tumor, can cause a change in personality or behavior. You or your loved one should seek treatment for these symptoms. Be sure to discuss all your symptoms with your doctor. This will help him or her make an accurate diagnosis.

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Mixed Bipolar Disorder

Mixed episodes in bipolar disorder are a form of mental illness. In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. A person with mixed episodes experiences both mood "poles" -- mania and depression -- simultaneously or in rapid sequence.  Technically, mixed episodes are described only in people with bipolar I disorder (not bipolar II disorder), although this distinction is expected to change as the psychiatric diagnostic classification system is currently...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised March 1, 2012

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Last Updated: March 01, 2012
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