A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. It is easy to forget that Bipolar Disorder, as we know it, is a recent construct. Bipolar Disorder is now recognized as a potentially treatable psychiatric illness that has substantial mortality and high economic impact. According to Swann (2006), every aspect of its definition, boundaries, mechanism, and treatment, however, is subject to debate. We need to understand Bipolar Disorder well enough that we will no longer wait for a manic episode before we can diagnose.
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