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How is bipolar disorder different in different people, and how is it the same?

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Whatever type of bipolar disorder you have, there is a lot of variation from person to person. While some people have frequent mood swings, others go years or even decades before having another. Everyone's experience is different.

Remember that for everyone who has it, bipolar disorder is a physical illness, not a sign of personal weakness. In that way, it's like diabetes, heart disease, or any other health condition.

From: Understanding Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, D. C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000. The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). American Psychiatric Association. National Institute of Mental Health. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002. WebMD Medical Reference: Bipolar Disorder. Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. The Lancet, Jan. 19, 2002. Kaufman, K. . June, 2003. Compton, M. Depression and Bipolar Disorder, ACP Medicine.









Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, D. C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000. The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). American Psychiatric Association. National Institute of Mental Health. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002. WebMD Medical Reference: Bipolar Disorder. Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. The Lancet, Jan. 19, 2002. Kaufman, K. . June, 2003. Compton, M. Depression and Bipolar Disorder, ACP Medicine.









Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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