Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know

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  • Jesse Jackson Jr. and Mental Health
  • What Is Bipolar Disease?
  • How Serious Is It?
  • African-Americans and Bipolar Disease
  • Obstacles to Getting Care
  • What Puts People at Risk?
  • How Is It Diagnosed?
  • Treating Bipolar Disorder
  • Coexisting Issues With Bipolar Disorder

How Serious Is It?

Bipolar disease, when undiagnosed and untreated, can be extremely serious and many experience severe suicidal thoughts. Luckily with treatment, the disorder is manageable and people can live functional and productive lives. It’s estimated that 2.3 million Americans suffer from this disorder.

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