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DEALING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER
Are you experiencing mood swings that are more severe than usual?
It is normal to experience a range of emotions in your life. Ups and downs or changes in mood are normal and generally don’t cause too many problems. Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder in which people have times of low mood (major depression) and times of ‘high’ or elated mood (mania or hypomania). These episodes (changes) usually last at least a week and affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. The symptoms can interfere with relationships, activities and day-to-day living. Most people who develop bipolar disorder will have experienced some symptoms by the age of 25.