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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

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Updated June 26, 2014

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Definition: Bipolar disorder is an organic mental illness classified as a mood disorder. As with all psychiatric disorders, bipolar disorder can range from mild to debilitating. People with bipolar disorder have periods of depression and periods of excessive excitement and activity. Bipolar disorder can also affect the person's coping skills between high and low periods. Most people with bipolar disorder can benefit from working with a psychiatrist for therapy and medication.
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Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that was formerly referred to as manic depression.

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