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  • Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition. It involves cycles of extreme low and high mood.
  • The periods of low mood are referred to as ‘depressive episodes. 
  • The periods of high mood are referred to as ‘manic’ or ‘hypomanic’ episodes. (Hypomania is less severe than mania.)
  • The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. Contributing factors may include genetics, brain chemicals, environmental factors, physical illnesses and stress.
  • Treatment can include medication, psychological therapies and community support programs.

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Reviewed on: 16-10-2019