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Bipolar Disease has 4 different forms

Series: To Your Good Health | Story 3

Last updated 1/4/2022 at 2:45pm

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for a person to reach the age of 70 and just now be diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Are there degrees of impairment, like with autism -- some worse than others? -- C.S.

ANSWER: The hallmark of bipolar disease is mania. "Mania" has a specific meaning in psychiatry: It's a very elevated mood, associated with high amounts of energy and an inability to think clearly, especially to see the consequences of one's actions. Some common features of people in a manic episode include an inflated sense of self-worth, distractibility and racing ideas. People can be very ta...

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