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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David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. 1987 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee 2001 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee 2011 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Mood Disorders Prizewinner Professor of Psychiatry Director, Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program Director, Integrative Study Center for Mood Disorders UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D.
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Karen Lynnette Gamble, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Karen Lynnette Gamble, Ph.D.
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Mary Phillips, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Mary Phillips, M.D.
April 03, 2012
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Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D. Emory University - Using Infant Brain Activity to Better Understand Bipolar Disorder
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D
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Dr. Helen Mayberg
Dr. Helen Mayberg
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