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I have bipolar disorder. What should I know about it?

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Bipolar disorder -- or manic depression, as it’s sometimes still called -- has no known cure. Nobody knows what causes it, and people who have it usually go about 10 years before being diagnosed.

Bipolar disorder needs lifetime management, and getting a diagnosis of it may make you feel alone. But more than 2 million adults in the U.S. have it, and for many of them, it’s very manageable.

With medication, talk therapy, lifestyle changes, and the support of friends and family, you can feel better.

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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