Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day activities. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). The severity may range from being mild to severe. The severity depends upon duration and symptoms.

Bipolar disorder occurs equally in males and females and usually starts in adolescence and young adulthood. Patients with bipolar disorder will typically have more than one episode.

People having a manic episode may

  • Feel very “up” or elated