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Bipolar Disorder:
Previously known as manic depression, is a brain disorder with periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. The elevated mood is known as hypomania, (the milder form), or mania, depending on its severity. Mania symptoms of psychosis are sometimes diagnosed, when the person can hallucinate, hear voices, or dissociate entirely. During hypomania an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy or irritable. During periods of depression the person may be tearful, have a negative outlook on life, and make poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among people with bipolar disorder is high, greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance abuse are commonly associated.

Schizophrenia:
Brain disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation. People with schizophrenia often have additional mental health problems such as anxiety disorders, major depressive illness, or substance use disorders. Symptoms typically come on gradually, begin in young adulthood, and last a long time.

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