Bipolar disorder explained
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is the name used to describe a set of 'mood
swing' conditions, the most severe form of which used to be
called 'manic depression'.
Bipolar Disorder I is the more severe disorder - with
individuals being more likely to experience
longer 'highs', be more likely to have
experiences and be more likely to be hospitalized.
Bipolar Disorder II is less severe, with no psychotic
experiences, and with episodes tending to last only hours to a
The high moods are called mania or
the low mood is called depression.
It is important to note that everyone has mood swings from
time to time. It is only when these moods become extreme and
interfere with personal and professional life that Bipolar
Disorder may be present and medical assessment may be