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What are the main symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are periods of elevated or irritable mood accompanied by dramatic increases in energy, activity, and fast thinking. The illness has two (bi) strongly contrasting phases (polar): 1) bipolar mania or hypo-mania and 2) depression.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Kupfer, J. (editor). ., Current Psychiatry, 2004.  Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide

Geddes, JR. , American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004.  Long Term Lithium Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

McElroy SL. , Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; 2004. A 52 Week Continuation Study of Lamotrigine In the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Kupfer, J. (editor). ., Current Psychiatry, 2004.  Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide

Geddes, JR. , American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004.  Long Term Lithium Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

McElroy SL. , Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; 2004. A 52 Week Continuation Study of Lamotrigine In the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

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