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.

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Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. of Columbia University
Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H.
January 06, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. and colleagues at Columbia University have discovered that there is an increased risk for...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
December 30, 2011
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Emily Severance, Ph.D
Emily Severance, Ph.D
November 22, 2011
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Keming Gao, M.D., Ph.D. of Case Medical Center
Keming Gao, M.D., Ph.D.
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Jonathan Mill, Ph.D.
Jonathan Mill, Ph.D.
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Jonathan Mill, Ph.D., 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee and colleagues have demonstrated that potentially reversible epigenetic changes play a key role in...


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