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Im wondering what exactly bipolar is and how do you get it?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: A chemical issue

Bipolar disorder is a chemical issue in the brain that produces symptoms of mania and severe depression.
Strong genetic links and predispositions are often found in families.

In brief: A chemical issue

Bipolar disorder is a chemical issue in the brain that produces symptoms of mania and severe depression.
Strong genetic links and predispositions are often found in families.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar Disorder

is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.
Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level,

In brief: Bipolar Disorder

is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.
Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level,
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis. There is significant genetic component with most cases of bipolar disorder. Environment can interact with genetic predispositions.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar

Is manic depression, with highs & lows.
Can be genetic or develops later in life from psychosocial factors, or unknown.

In brief: Bipolar

Is manic depression, with highs & lows.
Can be genetic or develops later in life from psychosocial factors, or unknown.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe.
There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. No one knows how it develops, other than a mystery of genetic confluence.

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe.
There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. No one knows how it develops, other than a mystery of genetic confluence.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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