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Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depressive disorder, is a mental illness that can present as two different moods. One involves the person feeling impulsive, energetic, reckless and gives them grandiose ideas. These moods predispose the person to adopt certain behaviours such as substance abuse and poor work/school performance. The other mood is similar to depression. Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, although no genetic link has been identified. It is treated with medication, psychotherapy, and family support, but compliance is difficult as many sufferers deny that there is a problem.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by National Mental Health Association
About: Bipolar disorder facts
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: National Mental Health Association
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