Bipolar disorder is a genetically- and biologically-based illness of mood states. It takes a tremendous economic, social, and personal toll on sufferers and their family members. Recent advances in biological psychiatry and psychosocial research have clarified some of the predisposing factors for the disorder and have identified triggers for the disorder's cycling. Advances in its pharmacological and psychological management are being translated into treatment algorithms that have the potential to improve community-based care for this often debilitating disorder.
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Bipolar is a condition that wreaks havoc on those that it affects. If you suffer from Bipolar, chances are that your family suffers right with you. No matter if you are that family member trying to learn to cope or you are the person that has been diagnosed, there is hope out there.