Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). There are two main types of bipolar disorders- bipolar I and bipolar II.
Bipolar I disorder is characterized by at least one manic episode that is preceded or followed by hypomanic or major depressive episodes. These episodes may trigger psychosis (a break away from reality) in some cases.
Bipolar II disorder is characterized by having at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode, but never a manic episode.
It is important to see a doctor if emotional episodes begin to affect daily life and the lives of those around you. Bipolar does not get better on its own, and medical treatment is required.
Every case is unique, but the most common treatments include therapy, medications, day treatment programs, substance abuse treatment, and hospitalization.
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