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Mood fluctuations are part of the human experience and can last for several hours or even for a couple of days. But, they are generally less frequent and shorter in duration when they occur in individuals who do not have bipolar disorder. When a person has bipolar disorder, the mood swings are so severe that they disrupt one’s daily functioning and often require treatment.
View this tip sheet on how to differentiate mood swings from symptoms of bipolar disorder: