Consider this: 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition each year. This ranges from common anxiety disorders to more serious conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Depending on the diagnosis, symptoms may be temporary and subside over time. However, a more serious diagnosis may require treatment such as therapy and medication to help manage symptoms. Treatment can last for a few weeks or months, and may even span an entire lifetime.
In a given year, bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar disorder is arguably one of the most misunderstood disorders facing Americans today.
Also known as manic depressive disorder, it can cause serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. From highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.