Bipolar Disorder

Did you know that bipolar disorder often develops during a person's late teens or early adult years?

3% of American adults live with bipolar disorder each year. Tweet >

Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings—from feeling overly “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these episodes. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania  and depression. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated.

At least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people have their first bipolar disorder symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

learn more about bipolar disorder


Lars Vedel Kessing, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Lars Vedel Kessing, M.D.
October 06, 2015
Measuring the activity of a panel of genes may provide enough information to diagnose bipolar disorder from a blood sample, according to a study published...
Godfrey D. Pearlson, M.D. - brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Godfrey D. Pearlson, M.D.
July 31, 2015
Researchers have identified several sets of genes linked with abnormal brainwave patterns in people with schizophrenia and psychotic bipolar disorder (PBD)....
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
June 22, 2015
D-serine, a stimulator of activity at certain types of receptors in brain cells, has been tested as a new type of treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar...
J. John Mann, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression and bipolar disorder
J. John Mann, M.D.
June 11, 2015
From The Quarterly, Spring 2015 As public health experts debate the best ways to reduce suicides––a top-five leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 to...
Keith O’Neil - Recovery from mental illness and bipolar disorder
Keith O’Neil
June 11, 2015
Former NFL Player Helps Others After Facing His Diagnosis Dreams and reality were always at odds for Keith O’Neil. With a former NFL player for a father and an...


Subscribe to