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Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (previously known as Manic Depression) is a psychiatric diagnostic category describing a class of mood disorders in which the person experiences clinical depression and/or mania, hypomania, and/or mixed states.

The disorder can cause great distress among those afflicted and those living with them.

Bipolar disorder can be a disabling condition, with a higher-than-average risk of death through suicide.

The difference between bipolar disorder and unipolar disorder (also called major depression) is that bipolar disorder involves both elevated and depressive mood states.

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