Symptoms of bipolar disorder are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time.
If you have bipolar disorder, your symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide.
Bipolar disorder usually develops in your late teen or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people may even have their first symptoms during childhood, mid-life or late-life.
The good news is that this illness can be treated. If you have bipolar disorder, you can lead a full and productive life with the proper treatment.
Treatment usually includes psychotherapy, along with medications taken regularly. Most people need to take medication for the rest of their lives because stopping treatment can lead to worse and more severe bipolar episodes.