Bipolar disorder is a chronically underfunded and understudied mental health condition that affects 2.3 million Americans, and nearly 45 million people worldwide. This serious mental health disorder comes with dramatic and sometimes unpredictable shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. Bipolar disorder is characterized by disruptive recurrences of mania and depression that may last for weeks, months or even years. In addition to the immeasurable personal impact, the economic burden of bipolar disorder is estimated to be approximately $200 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
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