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Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings.  You experience periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood called mania or hypomania. 


When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless, and lose interest or pleasure in most activities.  When you experience mania, you may become hyperactive and feel unrealistically confident or powerful.  You may act without thinking and do risky things you would not normally do.  Hypomania is similar to mania but less severe.

Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

You may experience it as a period of high energy and increased productivity.

The most effective approach to managing bipolar disorder involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy.  If you have been diagnosed with any form of bipolar disorder, psychotherapy can help you understand your condition, recognize and manage your mood symptoms, reduce recurrence and time spent in mood episodes, address your triggers and traumas, and enhance your functioning.

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