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Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Illness) (Manic Depression) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Bipolar disorder is a form of depressive disease that characteristically involves cycles of depression and elation or mania. Sometimes the mood switches from high to low and back again are dramatic and rapid, but more often they are gradual and slow. Both phases of the disease are deleterious. Mania affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that may cause serious problems and embarrassment. For example, unwise business or financial decisions may be made when an individual is in a manic phase. Depression can also affect thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that may cause grave problems. For example, it raises the risk of suicide. Bipolar disorder is not as prevalent as some other forms of depressive disorders but it is often a chronic recurring condition. Also called manic-depressive illness and manic-depression.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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