Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive
illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts
in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to
carry out day-to-day tasks. The primary symptoms of
bipolar disorder are severe and unpredictable mood
swings. They are different from the normal ups and downs
that everyone goes through from time to time. The
illness has two contrasting phases:
1. Bipolar Mania
disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The
symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized
as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for
years before they are properly diagnosed and treated.
Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a
long-term illness that must be carefully managed by a
physician throughout a person's life.
Bipolar Disorder can be treated and people with this
illness can lead full and productive lives.