Our expert says:
OK, in any condition there is sometimes an annoying degree of hype, And some people may diagnose it too readily and too often ; but Bipolar Disorder is a very real and swerious problem for many people. It used, way back, to be call Manic-Depressive Disorder, and includes both episodes of significant depression, and episodes of mania when one's mood swings high, and one gets hyperactive and too uncritical of the daft ideas that may occur to one. Support groups are needed, and there aren't many of them. The condition needs a different treatment plan including meds to serve as mood stabilizers.
People with the condition are definitely more at risk o harming themselves, maybe slightly more at risk o harming others, depending on how the condition affects them
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