While bipolar disorder is usually diagnosed in early adulthood, it can have profound effects on people at any age, including college-aged adults, older adults, and even children and adolescents. Although bipolar disorder is still commonly perceived as a disease that affects only adults, we know that the disease is equally likely to appear during childhood or the early teen years. It can also appear for the first time in older adults, although this is much rarer. Although bipolar disorder may take different forms during different life stages, it always has a major impact on individuals and the people close to them.
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