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Bipolar Disorders: Managing Extreme Highs and Lows

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In the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), bipolar disorders are defined as a group of brain disorders that cause extreme fluctuations in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. People with bipolar disorder will experience periods of mania and depression.

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An estimated 1 in 50 (1.8%) Australian adults experience a bipolar disorder each year. The exact causes of bipolar disorders are not yet clear. However, there is evidence to suggest they are linked to a combination of genetic, neurological, biological, and environmental factors.

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Penita Teague
29 Jul 2022
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Jenny Burge
15 May 2020
This resource clearly explained what Biopolar is. The different categories and how to identify them and how to treat them.
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mary lux
19 Jul 2021
All education re mental health issues I believe is important. Due to it's invisibility, mental illness is often poorly regarded and misunderstood, therefore those suffering from same can be marginalized and not supported adequately.
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Vivienne taylor
12 Mar 2021
Learnt a lot
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Kristen Buranyi-Trevarton
17 Apr 2021
Very clear and factual.
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Anne James
26 Apr 2021
The part i most wanted to validate was with dentures and not using toothpaste as this can ruin dentures and using soap on the wall. Alot of carers do not know about toothpaste and dentures.
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Claudette Nicolle
05 Feb 2020
This was simple to read and contained relavent information
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Lara Matthews
04 Jan 2022
i am deeply disappointed in the quality of the information in light of some of the references available. Article contradicts itself. Some of the further learning resources and references used are unavailable for review, and others provide an even worse quality of information, however one is a better resource. please see https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/bipolar-disorder/ for substantially better information.
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