Risk Factors for Bipolar Disorder

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder causes a range of symptoms that can be distressing and disruptive to your life. It was formerly known as manic-depressive illness. It’s a chronic condition that affects the brain.

This condition causes highs and lows in:

  • mood
  • behavior
  • energy
  • activity

The manic highs and depressive lows give the condition its name. There’s currently no known cure. People with the disorder can thrive with proper medication and treatment. There is also no single known cause of bipolar disorder, but there are certain risk factors.

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