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About 5.7 million adults are affected with manic depression every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Also referred to as bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, manic depression is a mental illness characterized by severe and unusual changes in a person’s mood, which severely interrupt a person’s like, making it difficult for them to function normally.
Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes "mood episodes" or extreme shifts in mood and behavior. An overly happy or excited state is called a "manic" episode. An overly sad or depressed state is called a "depressive" episode. Sometimes a mood episode can be "mixed" where there are episodes of both manic and depressive.
Signs and symptoms of a manic episode include:
Signs and symptoms of a depressive episode include:
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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