Bipolar Disorder

Check out this informative video about Bipolar Disorder from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Quick Facts



  • Affects about 2.6% of the US population

    • 83% are considered severe​


  • ​Genetics

  • Brain structure & development

    • Average age-of-onset is 25


  • Psychotic symptoms

    • Hallucinations or delusions​

  • Mania: the "high"

    • Impulsive, reckless, or unusual behavior​

  • Depression: the "low"

    • Sleep difficulties​

    • Extreme negative thinking

      • Obsession with feelings of loss, failure, or helplessness​

4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar I Disorder: 1 or more severe & long-lasting manic episode(s)

  • Bipolar II Disorder: depressive & hypomanic episodes; never a "full" manic episode

  • Cyclothymia: chronically unstable mood state with hypomania or mild depression for at least 2 years

  • "Unspecified or Other Specified" Bipolar Disorder: periods of significant abnormal mood elevation, but not matching criteria of other Bipolar Disorder types


  • Psychotherapy

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)​

  • Medications

    • Mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, & antidepressants​


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