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If you have bipolar disorder, you'll switch between feeling very high and very low. In the high periods (mania) you may feel excited or happy, full of energy and find it difficult to concentrate. In the low periods (depression) you may feel down, have no energy and lose interest in things. Read more in our symptoms section.
You can develop bipolar disorder at any age. But it’s most common for it to start between your mid-teens and early 20s. You’ll usually have periods of months or years between episodes of very high or very low mood. See our about section to find out more
Bipolar disorder is partly caused by your genes. But certain events that happen during your life may act as triggers. These include having a traumatic childhood, losing someone you love or a relationship breakdown.
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