What Is It
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" (nimh.nih.gov). Bipolar disorder can lead to damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide, but those affected can lead perfectly productive lives.
People with bipolar disorder have a tendency to into unusually intense emotional states in what is called a "mood episode". Each mood episode represents a drastic change from a person’s usual mood and behavior.
Some more easily recognizable symptoms are extreme changes in energy, activity, sleep, and behavior.
Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.5 million Americans age, or 2.6 percent of the adult population (treatmentadvocacycenter.org).
While there is no cure for Bipolar Disorder, it can be treated in the long run, allowing those affected to gain more control over their emotions and live normal lives generally devoid of extreme symptoms. A combination of medication with psychotherapy can usually counter most of the disorder's more severe effects. Getting help is as easy as talking with your doctor and developing a treatment plan.
Learning more about Bipolar Disorder in our digital era is simple. There are multitudes of websites and studies online for free browsing, but talk to a doctor if you want specific advice.