Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know

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What Is Bipolar Disease?

Also referred to as “manic depressive illness,” bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that shifts a person’s mood from states of mania (happiness) to feeling very low and depressed. This disorder also impacts one’s energy level and makes it hard for people to do everyday activities like go to work or school. 

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