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|About Bipolar Disorder|
Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a disease that involves mood changes and disorders. Bipolar disorder has been called manic depression, and that term is still used by some people. It is a psychiatric disability that causes major disruptions in lifestyle and health.
Most people start showing signs of Bipolar Disorder in their late teens (the average age of onset is 21 years). These signs may be dismissed as "growing pains" or normal teenage behavior. On occasion, some people have their first symptoms during childhood, but the condition can often be misdiagnosed at this age and improperly labeled as a behavioral problem. Bipolar Disorder may not be properly diagnosed until the sufferer is 25-40 years old, at which time the pattern of symptoms may become clearer.
Because of the extreme and risky behavior that occasionally occurs with Bipolar Disorder, it is very important that the disorder be properly identified. With proper and early diagnosis, Bipolar Disorder can be treated. Bipolar Disorder is a long-term illness that will require proper management for the duration of a person's life.
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