What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, which is characterized by up-and-down episodes of mania and depression, is an often misunderstood–and tricky to diagnose–mental illness.

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What It's Like to Live With Bipolar Disorder—a Mental Health Condition No One Can See

Mackenzie Driscoll, 26, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 6 years ago. This is how she's learned to manage work, social situations, and daily life with an illness that's not just invisible but also carries a stigma.
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These Comics by a Bipolar Graphic Artist Are Full of Smart Tips for Mental Health

Ellen Forney shares strategies and coping tools in her new comic collection, 'Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life.'
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7 Women on What It’s Really Like to Live With Bipolar Disorder

"I suffer from grand delusions and an uninhibited quality that makes everything in life glitter with an indescribable sheen."
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My Bipolar Disorder Makes Me Who I Am—and I’m Glad I Have It

After 20 years of living with bipolar disorder, one woman finally made peace with her mental health condition.
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Ricki Lake’s Ex-Husband Among 20% of Bipolar Suicides

Christian Evans took his own life on February 11.