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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder* is a mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. If you have bipolar disorder, you are likely to have times where you experience: Manic or hypomanic episodes (feeling high) Depressive episodes (feeling low) Potentially some psychotic symptoms during manic or depressed episodes You might hear these different experiences referred to as mood states, and you can read more about them in our page on bipolar moods and symptoms. Everyone has variations in their mood, but in bipolar disorder these changes can be very distressing and have a big impact on your life. You may feel that your