Bipolar disorder is a misunderstood mental illness that's more common than some people realize. population gets diagnosed, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but dangerous myths still persist about people with bipolar disorder, which contribute to a stigma about the illness that is incredibly hard to shake.
Marked by distinct high and low moods, called mania and depression, bipolar disorder causes patients to experience distractibility, feelings of euphoria, restlessness, and hopelessness, among other symptoms. This stigma affects almost every facet of one’s social life, from school to work and relationships. D., a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who both has and studies bipolar illness, the average age of onset is around 22.
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While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.
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