Bipolar, formerly known as “manic” depression, presents as polarized mood swings from depressive on one end, to overly-energetic, frenetic, and maybe even euphoric on the other. The depressive episodes feel like an extremely severe depression that can be almost paralyzing for sufferers. During manic episodes, destructive behaviors like impulse spending or reckless driving may occur.
It can be a scary disorder both for sufferers and their loved ones. Medication is often used in treatment, along with talk therapy. Clarity is possible with bipolar disorder as long as patients adhere to a treatment plan with a trusted psychiatrist.