Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, also called manic depression, which has two emotional sides. The changes in moods are more than normal ups and downs.

Mania, or a manic episode, is feeling extremely energetic, active, and/or aggressive.

Depression, or a depressive episode, is feeling extremely sad, hopeless, and/or empty.

Mixed episodes have both kinds of feelings; sometimes at the same time, or going up and down during the same day.

Treatment is designed to reduce the symptoms and how often episodes happen. It includes medications, education about the disorder, and psychotherapy.

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Bipolar Aware
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The Bipolar Child: A Day in the Life
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Newsletter article about the course of a school day including descriptions of experiences by kids, teenagers and their parents. [PDF]
Bipolar Disorder
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] An information factsheet including descriptions of symptoms, treatments and the way in which the brain is affected.
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[ Teens/Mature Teens ] An overview of the symptoms and types with information about how to help a friend.
McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Articles on depression and mania by a former journalist diagnosed with the disorder.
MDF The BiPolar Organisation: Bipolar Section
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Resources organised in sections with a brief guide to each. Includes information about NHS services and carer's rights in the UK.
A Story of Bipolar Disorder
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