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Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is an illness that affects brain function. It causes extreme moods. People with Bipolar Disorder can become high, over-excited and reckless, or imagine that they are more important than they are. They can also become very low, feeling helpless and depressed, with difficulty making decisions or concentrating.

These 'Speaking from Experience' video clips offer firsthand accounts from people living with bipolar disorder. They discuss the ways it has impacted their lives and how they manage the condition. It was produced in partnership with SANE Australia.

Last reviewed March 2011 

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