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How is bipolar disorder characterized?

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Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic or unusual mood swings between major depression and extreme elation, or mania. The mood swings can be mild or extreme. They can come on slowly or quickly, within hours to days. Bipolar disorder usually starts between 15 and 30 years of age. It's more prevalent in those teens who have a family history of mood disorder or psychiatric problems.

From: Teens and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

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