Bipolar Disorder: An Overview

Approximately 6 million Americans or about 3 percent of all adults in the US are afflicted with bipolar disorder, a chemically-based psychiatric disorder that generally begins in the teens or early twenties. Its sufferers have a wide range of symptoms that affect their daily living. There are two types of bipolar disorder, known as bipolar I and bipolar II disorder. With bipolar I disorder, individuals suffer from emotional highs interspersed with normal emotional states. With bipolar II, the individuals suffer from the emotional highs of the disorder interspersed with periods of lows or depression. In the manic period of...

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