Almost 3% of the population lives with diagnosed Bipolar Disorder, and more than 80% of these cases are considered to be severe. When left untreated, bipolar disorder can wreak havoc on an individual’s mental health, relationships, career, and can even lead to physical consequences.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar is a mental illness characterized by drastic changes in an individual’s mood, energy levels, and cognitive abilities. These shifts are referred to manic and depressive episodes, or distinctly high and low moods. Based on the types of mood shifts and patterns these shifts, bipolar can be broken down into 4 more specific diagnoses:

  • Bipolar I
  • Bipolar II
  • Cyclothymia
  • “Other specified” and “unspecified”

    Bipolar I

    Bipolar II



    • Mania
    • Depression


    • Genetics
    • Stress
    • Brain structure and function

    Related Conditions 

    • Anxiety
    • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Substance use disorders/dual diagnosis

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