Bipolar disorder is an illness that affects almost 1% of the population. When an individual suffers from this illness, they can have extreme fluctuations in their mood from extreme highs (called mania) to extreme lows (depression). These swings in their mood are usually unrelated to any specific events going on in their life and seemingly come out of nowhere. Someone with bipolar disorder may be misdiagnosed with having depression as they may not complain about or realize the problems caused by their manic episodes. This can lead to the individual primarily being treated for many years as if they are only suffering from depression, and not receive the appropriate mood-stabilizing medications that help to control both the manic and depressive aspects of their illness.
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