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When should I seek out a possible diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

If you or someone you know has mania and depression symptoms, seek help immediately. Many people with these symptoms have Bipolar Disorder and don't know that they have it, thinking these mood swings are just a normal part of life. Seeking help is important. With the right diagnosis and proper treatment, those with the disorder can live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Get help if:

  • You think you have manic episodes which include three or more symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for 1 week or longer.
  • You think you may have episodes of depression, which include five or more of symptoms that last most of the day, nearly every day, for a period of 2 weeks or longer.
  • You fluctuate between these two moods.
  • These "ups" and "downs" are interfering with your home and work life.

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