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Bipolar Affective Disorder is a major psychiatric disorder included under the heading of mood disorders. It is differentially diagnosed from schizophrenia, Major Depression, adult cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and certain personality disorders, mainly Boderline Personality Disorder.

It is an adult onset disorder, manifesting in late adolescence or early adulthood which affects men and women equally. The primary causative processes are genetic and physiological and are broadly similar to the causative processes behind epilepsy, a condition with which it shares neuro-chemical similarities.

It is characterized by cycling between depressive episodes and manic episodes. This includes extremely high highs (mania) and extremely low lows (depressive). Usually these episodes are separated by "normal" moods. There is treatment (medication) available if diagnosed.

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that has been increasingly diagnosed in young children. This is a controversial diagnosis, as consensus has not been reached on whether the condition diagnosed in children is actually the same condition diagnosed in adults.

Bipolar disorder is a physiological disease, the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, and the actual brain waves of bipolar patients are different Bipolar disorder and Manic Depression Disorder are two terms that describe the same condition. It is believed however that Bipolar is a bit more accurate because the condition is characterized as being mood swings that seem to swing from one extreme to the other, hence Bipolar. The two phases, especially when we are discussing children, are not always clearly defined as Manic or Depressive. For this reason, it is unclear why they have begun using Manic Depression to stand in for Bipolar Disorder.

It can cause extreme mood changes from manic episodes of very high energy to the extreme lows of depression. It is also called manic-depressive disorder.

This illness can cause behavior so extreme that you cannot function at work, in family or social situations, or in relationships with others. Some people with bipolar disorder become suicidal.

Having this disorder can make you feel helpless and hopeless. But you are not alone. Talking with others who suffer from it may help you learn that there is hope for a better life, and treatment can help you get back in control.


I think you're talking about Bipolar Disorder

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder

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