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Lots of people are what many consider “moody,” meaning their moods change frequently. It’s important to understand that simply being moody does not mean that someone has bipolar disorder. People of all ages who have bipolar disorder have mood changes that are drastic.

During a manic episode, people will sometimes have racing thoughts, jump from topic to topic when they are talking, or act impulsively. During a depressive episode, someone with bipolar may experience a very down mood and low self-esteem, feel extremely tired or unable to sleep, feel low energy or have poor concentration.

There are an estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S. with bipolar disorder, and only about half receive treatment for their condition. These numbers are staggering because there are several successful treatments for bipolar disorder. By taking our brief free and anonymous online mental health screening you can learn if your symptoms may be consistent with bipolar disorder and find some resources where you may be able to get treatment.