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Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes periods of intense emotion called “mood episodes.” These episodes are categorized as “manic” (high) or “depressive” (low) and involve extreme changes in sleep patterns, activity levels, energy and behavior. Bipolar disorder can affect a person’s relationships and ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health,

People having a manic episode may:

  • Feel very “up,” “high,” or elated
  • Have a lot of energy
  • Have increased activity levels
  • Feel “jumpy” or “wired”
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Become more active than usual
  • Talk really fast about a lot of different things
  • Be agitated, irritable, or “touchy”
  • Feel like their thoughts are going very fast
  • Think they can do a lot of things at once
  • Do risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex

People having a depressive episode may:

  • Feel very sad, down, empty or hopeless
  • Have very little energy
  • Have decreased activity levels
  • Have trouble sleeping, they may sleep too little or too much
  • Feel like they can't enjoy anything
  • Feel worried or angry
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Forget things a lot
  • Eat too much or too little
  • Feel tired or “slowed down”
  • Think about death or suicide

There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but symptoms are effectively managed with medication and psychotherapy. Currently, scientists are working to uncover the possible causes and risk factors of bipolar disorder.


The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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