Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition where a person has phases of feeling very ‘up’, high or manic, and phases where they feel very ‘down’, low or depressed.

These mood swings are much more extreme than the mood changes that most of us feel from time to time. They last from days to weeks at a time.

The person can feel elated or ‘high’ when they are in the manic phase and in utter despair when the depressive phase kicks in.

Occasionally people can also experience mixed state moods, where symptoms of mania and depression are present at the same time. In between phases, they may feel OK.

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