Bipolar Disorder

By: Alex B.

What is the Disorder

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior.

What are the Signs and symptoms of Mania?


  • Racing Speech
  • Increased energy
  • decreased need for sleep
  • poor judgement
  • reckless behavior
  • elevated mood
  • increased physical activity


  • Excessive irritability
  • inflated sense of self-importance
  • difficulty concentrating

What are the signs and symptoms of Depression?


  • thoughts of death or suicide
  • inability to experience pleasure


  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • prolonged or irritable mood
  • loos of energy
  • feelings of guilt
  • sleeping to much
  • drop in grades
  • appetite loss
  • anger, worry and anxiety

How does it affect someone?

  • affects the persons attitude
  • they have "wave" attitudes
  • start to have different feelings about other people

how is it diagnosed?

  • Bipolar disorder cannot yet be diagnosed physiologically
  • by blood tests or brain scans.
  • Currently, diagnosis is based on symptoms, course of illness, and family history

how is it treated?

it is treated by Feeling better often involves a combination of education, medication, and therapy, including psychotherapy, or "talk therapy."