Bipolar disorder affects an estimated 45 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The condition can cause drastic changes in a person’s usual behaviors, moods or energy levels. The high and low periods can last for hours, days, weeks or even months.

The “up” swings, also known as “manic” episodes, can make a person feel extremely happy and energetic or on edge and irritable. The “down” swings can leave a person feeling depressed or hopeless, often losing interest in things they usually enjoy. 

Read this article published by Make The Connection that features personal accounts by Jessie, Donald and Craig, all United States Military Veterans.

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