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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Trisha Suppes, M.D., Ph.D. - brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Trisha Suppes, M.D., Ph.D.
April 17, 2017
People with a type of bipolar disorder, known as bipolar II, respond similarly to treatment with either antidepressants or mood stabilizers, or a combination...
Sophia Frangou, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Sophia Frangou, M.D., Ph.D.
March 03, 2017
Bipolar disorder’s effects on mood may stem from a suite of genetic risks which together cause brain circuit changes that increase vulnerability to the...
Bo Cao, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Bo Cao, Ph.D.
February 28, 2017
In people with schizophrenia, the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory and emotion, tends to shrink. Scientists have wondered whether this is...
Hilary P. Blumberg, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Bipolar Disorder
Hilary P. Blumberg, M.D.
February 21, 2017
A new study of adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder has found structural and functional differences in the brains of those with the disorder who...
Kathleen R. Merikangas, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on bipolar disorder
Kathleen R. Merikangas, Ph.D.
January 20, 2017
The prevalence of excess weight and obesity is similar among adolescents with and without bipolar disorder, according to a new analysis of nationally collected...

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