Most people return to their usual level of functioning after periods of illness. Even if you continue to have bipolar episodes, with treatment and support from friends and family you can still experience recovery and live a happy, worthwhile life.
The exact cause of bipolar isn't known, although there is a family tie (genetic inheritance) to bipolar.
You will hear these factors called “triggers” and any of these triggers can set off a new period of the disorder. Mania symptoms vary, between people and, over time, in one person.
With severe mania there may also be signs of psychosis (loss of touch with reality).
The difference with bipolar is that these feelings are extreme and continual, and you can either feel really happy, energetic and “high” or really miserable and depressed, or “low”.
People with bipolar disorder usually experience more lows than highs.
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