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When untreated, or not treated well, bipolar disorder tends to worsen. But the first treatment plan you and your doctor try may not be the one that works best for you. 

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Mood swings are normal, but switching quickly from intense highs to severe lows is not. Bipolar disorder requires long-term treatment, but with the right management, a return to balance is possible.
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