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More than 2 million American adults, or about 1 percent of the population age 18 and older in any given year, have bipolar disorder. Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that involves episodes of mania and depression. Depressive episodes may include the following symptoms:
 
  • Persistent sad mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Significant change in appetite or body weight.
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Manic episodes include abnormally and persistently high mood or irritability, with additional symptoms such as:
 
  • Overly inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased talkativeness.
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Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life. Common treatment options include a combination of medication and psychosocial treatment.
 
(For more in-depth information, click Bipolar. This article offers a comprehensive overview of this condition and the symptoms that can manifest during depressive and manic episodes.)
 

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