Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects approximately one to five percent of the population.  It is a disorder characterized by unusual changes in mood, energy, and activity level.  Individuals with bipolar disorder cycle between manias and depressions that are distinct from their baseline mood.

In periods of mania, individuals may experience the following symptoms:

Bipolar disorder is generally treated with medication, often in combination with psychotherapy.

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