Rapid Cycling

Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic depression, is a treatable brain disorder that causes extreme changes in mood, energy, and thoughts. A person with bipolar disorder experiences mood swings ranging from manic highs to depressive lows. When these mood swings cycle through at an even faster pace than other individuals with bipolar disorder experience, it is referred to as rapid cycling. Rapid cycling is a severe form of bipolar disorder and occurs when a person has at least four or more episodes of depression, mania, hypomania, or mixed states, all within a period of 1 year.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder often appears in late teens or early 20s, but individuals have been known to have their first symptoms anywhere from childhood to much ...

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