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Also previously known as Manic Depression. When thinking of ‘mania’ a number of different images spring to mind, most of them influenced by popular entertainment, literature and the media. Such images may range from the violent deranged person posing a risk to the public to the misunderstood eccentric genius who society tries to control instead of accept. Popular perception usually differs from clinical reality.
The reality is similar to what we see with depression. There are different types of Bipolar Disorder and they can each impair a person’s ability to function in all areas of daily life. They need to be properly identified and treated through specialist psychiatric assessment, since for example the use of standard antidepressants for depression in the context of bipolar risk can prove harmful in the long run.