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Bipolar disorder / schizophrenia

What is bipolar disorder?

Someone affected may have episodes of either excessive cheerfulness, referred to as manic episodes, or sadness.

Left untreated, these episodes last from weeks to months.

A 2010 Singapore Mental Health Study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health shows that 1.2 per cent of the adult population here suffered from bipolar disorder during their lifetime. It occurs most commonly in those aged 18-34 years old.

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a condition affecting the thinking process.

The affected individual often develops false beliefs pertaining to how the external world relates to him.

He may come to harbour a false belief that others are planning to harm him or are conspiring against him.

Patients suffering from schizophrenia often hear voices of people talking or commenting about them.