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There are no guidelines for preventing bipolar disorder because the cause is unknown. Scientists are actively searching for a better understanding of bipolar disorder and ways to prevent it.


Bipolar disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 15, 2013. Accessed September 4, 2013.

Bipolar disorder in adults. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: Updated 2012. Accessed September 4, 2013.

DSM-5. American Psychiatric Association website. Available at: Accessed September 4, 2013.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Rimas Lukas, MD

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