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Euthymia - Normal Mood in Bipolar Disorder

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Doctor Ellen Liebenluft explains that individuals with bipolar disorder can spend some time in a normal mood, which is called euthymia.
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People who have bipolar disorder also can spend a good bit of time in normal mood which is called euthymia. So it's not that they are always depressed or always manic. However, if you follow adults in particular who have bipolar disorder over a number of years, what we find is that they spend a great deal of their time depressed actually - not necessarily severely depressed, but mildly to moderately depressed. Certainly depressed enough so that it does impact on their function in a very negative way. Athough people with bipolar disorder can have times where they have normal mood, unfortunately the course of the illness is such that often they are in at least a low level kind of mood problem.
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euthymia, symptom, bipolar, disorder, ellen, leibenluft
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