What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness characterized by mood swings that range from depression to mania. During a depressive episode, a person with bipolar disorder may feel sad, hopeless, and worthless. A manic episode may involve feelings of euphoria, extreme energy, and irritability. While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it is a treatable condition. With proper medical care and treatment, most people with bipolar disorder can manage their symptoms and lead productive lives.

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