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Is It Simply Mood Swings, or Is It Bipolar Disorder?

February 15, 2022
Everyday Health
It’s normal for your mood to change in response to different situations, news, or challenges you encounter throughout a day. But if your mood shifts dramatically between extreme highs and lows, it may be a sign of bipolar disorder.

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m so bipolar!” to describe their mood changes or mood swings?

There are many reasons someone experiences shifts in their mood throughout a day — and in most cases, those emotional ups and downs are not a sign of bipolar disorder. After all, only about 2.8 percent of American adults have had bipolar disorder in the past year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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