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Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness where an individual experiences mood swings. Mania is a “hallmark syndrome” of bipolar disorder where a person may feel extremely energized, restless, have risky behavior and a decreased need for sleep. Hypomania is a milder form of mania. People with bipolar disorder may also experience depression. Symptoms include loss of interest in activities he used to enjoy, increased feelings of hopelessness and decreased energy. It also includes anxiety, pessimism and may have suicidal thoughts4,5.

Bipolar disorder can affect an individual regardless of age and gender, but symptoms are usually seen during late adolescence or early adulthood. Generally, bipolar disorder is caused by structural and chemical imbalances in the brain. Factors such as biological, genetic, and environmental factors (stressful life events) are considered to be the cause of these imbalances4,5

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  2. Physician’s Desk Reference 2006-2007 First Edition. Bipolar Disorder Disease Management Guide. 601-605
  3. Suppes T. & Keck, P. Jr. Bipolar Disorder: Treatment and Management. 2005. 1-1 – 1-5.

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