Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it experience dramatic mood swings. They may go from overly energetic, "high" and/or irritable, to sad and hopeless, and then back again. They often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called mania. The down feeling is depression . Bipolar disorder can run in families. It usually starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. If you think you may have it, tell your health care provider. A medical checkup can rule out other illnesses that might cause your mood changes. Untreated, bipolar disorder can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide . However, there are effective treatments: medicines and "talk therapy". A combination usually works best.

Bipolar Disorder Discussions

  1. link Delivred04
    I need some help
    I am the mother of a forties woman with bi polar..i cant' take it anymore. She screams , flips out for now reason at all , Just my presence in the hou - 59% more...
    Delivred04- over a year ago - in Bipolar Disorder
  2. link Imstressed
    My Bipolar Mother
    My mother has been wild and crazy over the last few months. It wasn't until this past week she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has completely - 89% more...
    Imstressed- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Bipolar Disorder
  3. link Ranettekay
    My Daughter
    I have an eight year old daughter and I need help!!! She is a great student at school and loves to help, but when she is at home one minute she will b - 67% more...
    Ranettekay- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Bipolar Disorder
  4. link Goforit
    living in hell
    i believe my spouse has this.. shes a different person.. mood swings.. violent at times.. abusive.. controlling... lying alot.. thinking people plot a - 71% more...
    Goforit- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Bipolar Disorder
  5. link Jackieblue
    What are the effects of having a BiPolar Mom
    My sister is bipolar & generally stays on her meds, although she loves the manic side, so does a bit of tweaking w/ her meds. She has 3 adult chil - 90% more...
    Jackieblue- over a year ago - 14 Replies - in Bipolar Disorder
  6. link Mhillaryann2kids2years
    Rapid Cycling Bi Polar mom of 2
    I am 22 years old and have been diagnosed with bi polar syndrom since my jr year in high school i also have extream impulsive disorder where i buy or - 93% more...
    Mhillaryann2kids2years- over a year ago - 12 Replies - in Bipolar Disorder
  7. link Joannrogersm
    Daughter of mom who Bipolar
    I am a daughter who's mom is bipolar. Just recently my mother has gotten worse due to my uncle's death. It seems like everytime something traumatic ha - 70% more...
    Joannrogersm- over a year ago - 49 Replies - in Bipolar Disorder
  8. link Proudestgranny186
    I also am a mother of a son with Bipolar Disorder.I know the concern and the worry and heartbreak that goes along with seeing one you love so much, su - 92% more...
    Proudestgranny186- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Bipolar Disorder
  9. link Patsy2005
    Medications for bipolar
    My son is 41 yrs. old and they put him on cymbalta 20mg twice a day. Also on risperdal 0.5mg once a day, At bedtime he takes seroquel 50mg. He had abd - 78% more...
    Patsy2005- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Bipolar Disorder
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