Everyone experiences slight "ups" and "downs" within their daily mood, which is normal and does not interfere with daily activities. However, shifts in mood become concerning when they are extreme, rapidly changing, or disruptive to a person's ability to carry out their daily tasks.

A person diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder may have manic and depressive periods. During a manic period, the person feels exceptional energy and excitement which can lead to reckless behavior or loss of self-control. The individual may also experience extreme depressive periods, and this may cause feelings of misery, hopelessness, or fatigue. Manic and depressive episodes may also exist at the same time which is known as a "mixed state" and can cause feelings of great irritability and anger. A mixed state is the most dangerous period for an individual because they typically feel very down, but they also have a lot of energy which may affect their ability to think clearly. Bipolar Disorder often begins around the age of 15-24, a common age for new college students.

It is crucial that a person experiencing Bipolar Disorder symptoms seek treatment immediately because the symptoms may worsen if the condition is not properly managed.

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