Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder

It’s true that people with bipolar shift between periods of depression, mania, or hypomania , but these cycles usually take place over long periods of time, like weeks or even months, according to Mental Health America. The symptoms of these states are typically severe and signifcantly impact energy levels, activity, and sleep, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and they tend to occur without any apparent cause.

People who are moody, however, tend to experience mood changes in reponse to some situation, according to an article by Russ Federman, Ph.D., director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Virgina. “We all have good days and bad days,” Federman wrote. “Someone who thinks of themselves as “moody” may perceive that they’ve had more than their share of bad days. But if you’re truly bipolar then you’ve

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