Bipolar Disorder Defined
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Bipolar Disorder Defined

People with bipolar disorder experience mood swings, periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors

These distinct periods are called “mood episodes.” Mood episodes are drastically different from the moods and behaviors that are typical for the person. Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep go along with mood episodes

Sometimes a mood episode includes symptoms of both manic and depressive symptoms. This is called an episode with mixed features. People experiencing an episode with mixed features may feel very sad, empty, or hopeless, while at the same time feeling extremely energized

Bipolar disorder can be present even when mood swings are less extreme:

For example, some people with bipolar disorder experience hypomania, a less severe form of mania

During a hypomanic episode, an individual may feel very good, be highly productive, and function well

The person may not feel that anything is wrong, but family and friends may recognize the mood swings and/or changes in activity levels as possible bipolar disorder

Without proper treatment, people with hypomania may develop severe mania or depression

Proper diagnosis and treatment help people with bipolar disorder lead healthy and productive lives

Talking with a doctor or other licensed mental health professional is the first step for anyone who thinks he or she may have bipolar disorder

(Definitions from the National Institute of Mental Health)


Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic-depressive illness

The National Institute of Mental Health states that:

– 2.8% of American adults live with the condition

– 17.1% have a moderate state while 82.9% are showing a serious condition
– An estimated 2.9% of adolescents have it with 2.6% in a severe state
–  A slightly higher number of females are affected in the adolescent population


Each case might be slightly differently based on personal circumstances. If you believe you have any of these symptoms and it affects your relationships or daily life, we can help with diagnosis and treatment!

Seeking the help of a trained behavioral health counselor is a valuable step towards a healthier life! Reach out and get help, please review our website for our services and call us at 678-642-1111 to set up an appointment

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