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What Should You Do If You Think You or Someone You Love May Have Bipolar Disorder?


Bipolar disorder is a brain disease that usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. The disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms range from mild to very severe, and it is not always easy to identify when it starts, leading some people to suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated.

Like other chronic illnesses, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life. Treatment and supports should be individualized based on a person’s unique symptoms, needs and choices.

Left untreated, bipolar disorder can lead to relationship problems, poor job or school performance and even suicide.


But there’s good news: bipolar disorder is treatable and people can lead full, productive lives.


Do you think you or a loved one may have bipolar disorder? There are three steps you should take.


  1. Read about bipolar disorder.
  2. Seek help.
  3. Learn how to help someone with bipolar disorder.