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Bipolar Disorder

Overview

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it experience dramatic mood swings. They may go from overly energetic, "high" and/or irritable, to sad and hopeless, and then back again. They often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called mania. The down feeling is depression.

Bipolar disorder can run in families. It usually starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. If you think you may have it, tell your health care provider. A medical checkup can rule out other illnesses that might cause your mood changes.

Untreated, bipolar disorder can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. However, there are effective treatments: medicines and "talk therapy." A combination usually works best.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Take a Confidential Screening Test

Connections
This confidential online screening may help you decide whether it's time to seek professional assistance for a mental health issue. This screening tool is provided through Mental Health Connections, a program provided by the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners.

Recommended Reading

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
This site provides information about living with depression and bipolar disorder as well as educational programs and events, blogs, research and clinical trials, advocacy and more.

Mental Health America
This site offers free and confidential mental health screenings for bipolar and other disorders. It also provides information about bipolar disorder in general, as well as specific information about bipolar disorder in African Americans and children, links to information about clinical trials, mood disorders, suggested reading and more.

National Institute of Mental Health
This site defines bipolar disorder, its signs and symptoms, and treatments, as well as assists in locating services and provides links to news about bipolar disorder, publications and clinical trials.

WebMD
This site defines bipolar II disorder, similar to bipolar I disorder but with less intense elevated moods.

MedlinePlus
Also available in Spanish, this website provides links to a various other sites with information on bipolar disorder, including the latest news, online screening, diagnosis and symptoms, research, coping, treatment, statistics, and its presence in children, teenagers and women.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
This site gives an overview of bipolar disorder including symptoms, medications and their side effects.

Local Resources

Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County
The Alliance for Suicide Prevention has a depression/bipolar support group, a peer support and educational group for individuals 18 and older dealing with depression or bipolar disorder.

Connections
Mental Health Connections is a project of SummitStone Health Partners and the Health District of Northern Larimer County, providing mental health and substance abuse resources for Larimer County residents.

HealthInfoSource.com
Search this site to find a therapist or other mental health professional in the Fort Collins area.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about bipolar disorder, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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