Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified. Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy and clarity to sadness, fatigue and confusion. These shifts can be so devastating that individuals may choose suicide.
All people with bipolar disorder have manic episodes — abnormally elevated or irritable moods that last at least a week and impair functioning. But not all become depressed.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
- Consistent routines may ease bipolar disorder
Psychological Science and Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Over the last ten years in the U.S., the rate of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has gone up drastically, raising new questions and challenges for treatment.