by Dr. Lawrence Hutchison
Never know if you’re up or down?
You may be suffering from a mood disorder called bipolar disorder, or more commonly referred to as bipolar depression. In fact, there are three commonly recognized manifestations of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder. Many experts believe there may be a fourth, but more on that later. The bipolar disorders are a type of mental illness that causes sudden and profound changes in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. People suffering with bipolar disorder will have periods of relatively normal mood, punctuated by periods of intense mania, hypomania, and major depression.
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