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Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar disorder?

Manic depression, or bipolar disorder, is a mental illness marked by extreme mood shifts leading to changes in behaviour, thoughts and even activities.

The person experiences crests and troughs of mania, characterised by an overly-happy feeling paired with very high energy, and depression, a period in which they feel hopeless, sad, sluggish/constantly fatigued. As the person suffers from two distinct poles of mood, i.e. mania and depression, this disorder is labelled ‘bipolar’.

While they may achieve a ‘normal’ period, this constant wave-like pattern of highs and lows impact their lives adversely.

Most people with bipolar disorder struggle more with the depressive period, during which they feel sad or depressed.

Hypomania refers to a milder form of Mania in which the symptoms do not usually interfere with the person’s everyday life tasks. Unlike in case of Mania, hypomania doesn’t usually require hospitalisation and the symptoms are manageable … Read the rest

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