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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Keith O'Neil - brain and behavior keynote speaker
Keith O'Neil
September 09, 2014
Robert Glatter, M.D., writes about former NFL player and Superbowl champion Keith O’Neil’s public sharing of his struggles with bipolar disorder. Mr. O’Neil...

The Rossi Family
September 09, 2014
“It is an actual illness,” Linda Rossi tells WCBS New York’s Marla Diamond, speaking of her daughter Chrissy’s struggles with bipolar disorder. “Let’s open up...
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2014
In important new research, a team that included five past and present recipients of NARSAD Grants recreated human brain cells from skin cells of patients with...
Tracey L. Petryshen, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Tracey L. Petryshen, Ph.D.
June 19, 2014
During brain development, the brain is a frenzy of activity: new brain cells (neurons) are born, migrate to where they need to go, and eventually form...
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D. - brain and behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D.
March 05, 2014
From The Quarterly, Winter 2014 The treatment of bipolar disorder, and especially bipolar depression, continues to challenge patients and doctors. Many people...

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