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“Life is really great...or the pits.”

Half of all cases of bipolar disorder begin before the age of 25.

We all experience shifting moods. Bipolar disorder, often called manic depression, is a more extreme version. Moods fluctuate between extreme highs (mania) to serious lows (depression) along with periods of "normal" mood.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The Highs (Mania)

  • Feeling powerful, anything is possible, nothing can interfere
  • Lots of energy
  • Feeling restless, don't need much sleep
  • Unable to focus on anything for very long
  • Talking very fast or unable to stop talking
  • Bouts of uncontrolled spending and purchasing
  • Feedback from family/friends of unusual behavior


The Lows (Depression)

  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness, emptiness
  • No longer enjoying what you once enjoyed
  • Always tired, hard to get out of bed
  • Loss of interest in food, or overeating
  • Difficult to focus, forgetful
  • Often feeling mad or angry at everyone or everything
  • Disinterest in talking to people
  • Thinking or talking about death or suicide