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Bipolar Disorder in Adults National Institute of Mental Health U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES • National Institutes of Health
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Contents What is bipolar disorder? _____________________________________________ 1 What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder? __________________ 1 How is bipolar disorder diagnosed? ____________________________________ 4 What illnesses often co-exist with bipolar disorder? _____________________ 6 What are the risk factors for bipolar disorder? __________________________ 6 Genetics _________________________________________________________ 6 Brain structure and functioning ___________________________________ 7 How is bipolar disorder treated? _______________________________________ 8 Medications ______________________________________________________ 9 Psychotherapy __________________________________________________ 14 Other treatments ________________________________________________ 16 What research is NIMH doing to improve treatments for bipolar disorder? _________________________________________________ 17 How can I help a friend or relative who has bipolar disorder? ____________ 18 How can caregivers find support? ____________________________________ 19 How can I help myself if I have bipolar disorder? _______________________ 19 Where can I go for help? _____________________________________________ 20 What if I or someone I know is in crisis? _______________________________ 20 Citations ___________________________________________________________ 21 For more information on bipolar disorder ______________________________ 25
This booklet discusses bipolar disorder in adults. For information on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, see the NIMH booklet, Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents.
What is bipolar disorder?
What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder?
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2 National Institute of Mental Health Symptoms of bipolar disorder are described below.

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