Bipolar disorder (manic depression) is a brain disorder, a chemical deficiency in the brain. This disorder causes shifts in a person's mood state, energy level and performance ability. Suicide is a dangerous component of the bipolar puzzle. This illness is long-term but treatable. A combination of drugs and psychotherapy is widely prescribed and will return most patients to a productive life.

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Thorough coverage of illness, including education and legal issues. Provides online and regional locations support.
Bipolar Affective Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Discusses causes, symptoms, medications, and side effects. Provides brief patient histories.
Is It Bipolar Disorder or ADHD
Looks at differences between this illness and ADHD in children.
Join a Research Study: Bipolar Disorder
Solicits volunteers for pediatric research studies currently being conducted by NIMH.
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
Nonprofit dedicated the support of research for the study of early-onset bipolar disorder.
My Bipolar Baby
A mother writes about her experiences in raising challenging children, particularly bipolar.
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
Dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder. Includes information about the foundation, signs and symptoms and stories from other families.
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