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Is bipolar disorder serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Bipolar disorder is not life-threatening in itself, though it can seriously and dangerously affect the lives of people experiencing depressive and manic episodes. Depressive episodes can lead to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Manic episodes can lead to risky behavior like unsafe sex and poor financial decisions. To prevent these negative effects, people experiencing manic or depressive episodes may require hospitalization.

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