Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a psychiatric condition characterised by extreme mood swings between mania (feeling unusually happy, more energetic and active) and depression (feeling very sad and down). These are not the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through. These mood swings are more extreme such that they can affect social and occupational functioning. It affects about 1.2% of people in Singapore. Both males and females are affected equally and the age of onset is usually between 15 to 25 years old.
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