Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder characterized by periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood that last from days to weeks each.... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Psychiatry
  • Symptoms:  Periods of depression and elevated mood
  • Usual onset:  25 years old
  • Causes:  Environmental and genetic
  • Risk factors:  Family history, childhood abuse, long-term stress
  • Differential diagnosis:  Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorder
  • Medication:  Lithium, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants
  • Treatment:  Psychotherapy, medications
  • Frequency:  1–3%
  • Data source:  Duck Go
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