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Bipolar disorder, also known as a bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive illness, or affective psychosis, is a mental illness characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.

The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity. During mania, an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable.

They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced.

During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.

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