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Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior.

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Bipolar Depression - What is Bipolar Disorder?

(Manic Depression)

The distinguishing characteristic of Bipolar Disorder, as compared to other mood disorders, is the presence of at least one manic episode. Additionally, it is presumed to be a chronic condition because the vast majority of individuals who have one manic episode have additional episodes in the future. The statistics suggest that four episodes in ten years is an average, without preventative treatment. Every individual with bipolar disorder has a unique pattern of mood cycles, combining depression and manic episodes, that is specific to that individual, but predictable once the pattern is identified. Research studies suggest a strong genetic influence in bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. It is often not recognized as a psychological problem, because it is episodic. Consequently, those who have it may suffer needlessly for years without treatment.

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Pediatric Bipolar; Part II of III - The Early Signs


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"When I was younger, I would hurt people. Like, I might like, jump on them, pull their hair, slap them or something."
- Athena

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Bipolar Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)

 Bipolar Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) is a type of Bipolar Disorder (also known as "manic-depressive illness" or "manic depression"). Like the other kinds of Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar NOS is a complex mood disorder characterized by dramatic mood swings - from hypomania/mania and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Bipolar Disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, some people have their first symptoms during childhood.

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    Instructions: You might reproduce this scale (use the print option at the upper left had corner of this post )and use it on a weekly basis to track your moods. It also might be used to show your doctor how your symptoms have changed from one visit to the next. Changes of five or more points are significant. This scale is not designed to make a diagnosis of mania or take the place of a professional diagnosis. If you suspect that you are manic, please consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.
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