The average person has four episodes of mania or depression during the first 10 years of the illness.
Bipolar disorder usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood, but it can sometimes start in early childhood.
Suicide is the number one cause of premature death among people with bipolar disorder.
People with bipolar disorder consult three to four doctors and spend more than eight years seeking treatment before they receive a correct diagnosis.
Bipolar disorder is associated with other health problems such as substance abuse.
To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a person must have experienced at least one episode of mania or hypomania. Mania is a period of extremely high energy or mood. During mania your mood is elevated but, not at a comfortable or controllable level.
A depressive episode is defined as a period of depression that lasts at least two weeks, although it usually lasts much longer. During depressive episode, the individual experiences extremely low moods, sometimes to the point of not being able to get out of bed.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. Many people associate bipolar disorder with mood swings, but the condition is much more complex than that. People with bipolar disorder do experience highs and lows called mania and depression but these changes in mood tend to last weeks at a time.
Characterized by manic episodes that last at least 7 days or result in hospitalization followed by periods of depression that last at least 2 weeks.
Described as stretches of depression and high mood but not as severe as bipolar I
Described as a mental and behavioral disorder that causes numerous periods of symptoms of depression and periods of elevated moods.
There is no single factor that is considered responsible for the development of bipolar disorder. However some studies have shown that these can be some common risk factors for the cause of Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar disorder can run in families but many people who have bipolar disorder do not have a family history of the condition.
Stressful events can trigger a manic or depressive episode.
Researchers have found subtle differences in the average size or activation of same brain structures in people with bipolar disorder.
Started drinking at a young age; the majority have a family history of alcoholism; often smoke cigarettes and suffer from dependence on other substances; often experiences legal troubles.