|Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot
when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not
recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for
years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes
or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must
be carefully managed throughout a person's life.
Bipolar disorder often develops in a
person's late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases
start before age 25.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.