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“Life is really great...or the pits.”

More than 2 million Americans have bipolar disorder.

We all experience shifting moods. Bipolar disorder, often called manic depression, is a more extreme version. Moods fluctuate between extreme highs (mania) to serious lows (depression) along with periods of normal  mood. People struggling with bipolar disorder often feel unable to maintain a sense of calm about life.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
The Highs (mania)
  • Feeling powerful, anything is possible, nothing can interfere
  • Lots of energy
  • Feeling restless, don't need much sleep
  • Strong sexual energy
  • Unable to focus on anything for very long
  • Talking very fast or unable to stop talking
  • Bouts of uncontrolled spending and purchasing
  • Feedback from family/friends of unusual behavior
The Lows (depression)
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness, emptiness
  • No longer enjoying what once was pleasurable
  • Always tired, hard to get out of bed
  • Loss of interest in food, or overeating
  • Little to no sexual energy
  • Difficult to focus, forgetful
  • Often feeling mad or angry at everyone or everything
  • Disinterest in talking to people
  • Thinking or talking about death or suicide