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What is Bipolar, bipolar is a serious mental illness that cause extreme changes in people mood swings for example you could be on a trip to Disney land and your enjoying the rides but mid way through the trip you loose all interest and fun and all of a sudden become distant and aggressive and your facial expression completely changes and your thoughts switch as if your in an environment you don’t want to be in so your actions of escape take over and your behavior crush’s relationships and can also cost you or a friend there careers.

Bipolar disorder is very dangerous disorder so watch for symptoms/signs one of the most common symptoms is a dramatic or unpredictable mood swings, there are several types of bipolar disorders; all involve episodes that are related to this disorder start with depression or mania to a certain degree. There’s a process that happens as the diagnosing of bipolar becomes successful the process can be a silent enemy as it takes over your body but if people know of the symptoms it can easily treated if caught at the right time, the symptoms also differ from each person it acts different for every human it effects which means it happens at no specific time which makes it a silent killer cause your thoughts become corrupt and the person becomes suicidal and if the thoughts get serious that’s when a professional should be recommended because if gone unseen this disorder results in 9.2 years reduction in expected life span, and as many as one in five patients with bipolar disorder completes suicide. (National Institute of Mental Health)

There could be tons of reasons why people are diagnosed with bipolar but to science it is not know the theory they are going with is that it might be genetics the back up theory’s is that it could be from neurochemical or…...

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