I've seen a lot of documentaries and articles about this disorder but they are never in depth. I hope this post is elaborative enough to really understand the disorder. I think this belongs on this forum since some people here seem to suffer from the disorder. Bipolar disoder is a mood disorder which is characterized by the alternation between overactivity and underactivity. It causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are different from general mood swings that everyone experiences. Depression is unipolar because it only has one side, bipolar disorder has 2 sides. Loose paraphrase from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder Loose transcription from https://youtu.be/HByl6pCGEps People who have hypomania may not recognize these periods and will be convinced they have a soft form of depression which comes and goes. During the period of hypomania, the person may just strike as more social and outgoing or a little bit 'crazy' which makes it more difficult to diagnose. During an episode of psychosis, one might for example belief that they are very successful or popular or have religious experiences like communication with a higher intelligence. Psychosis is very severe and requires hospitalization. Psychosis is not all that common. Someone with bipolar can have mixed episodes, in which the person has rapid alternating moods such as sadness and euphoria at the same time. The main feeling during a mixed episode is high irritability, agitation and impatience. Some people refer it to as having high energy, but low mood. The severity of bipolar disorder can change over time altough that doesn't happen all that often. People with bipolar disorder usually have a disturbed sleep pattern. It's very typical during manic episodes to feel energetic, even after a few hours of sleep, while during depressive episodes the person has a lack of energy which is not resolved by a good night sleep. Some people don't sleep for a few days during a manic episode. Another sleeping pattern that can occur is delayed sleep phase syndrome. These people generally fall asleep some hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning. This is sometimes referred to as a 'social jet lag'. Loose transcription from https://youtu.be/O3m7xozqqbA Bipolar disorder is sometimes misdiagnosed as autism or borderline personality disorder since they have overlapping symptoms. People with bipolar disorder are usually underperformers, have damaged relationships and have a low amount of friends. Mainly because their disorder is unpredictable and they also have other ideas about which activities are exciting. Most 'regular' activities might come over as boring especially during depressive episodes. (During manic episodes, suddenly everything seems interesting.) The average onset of bipolar disorder is 22 years and occurs equally in males and females, although females tend to seek treatment much faster. Males may see the disorder as a weakness. There is a connection between bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Loose transcription from https://youtu.be/HByl6pCGEps There is a strong correlation between bipolar disorder and gambling, addictions and substance abuse, especially alcohol (which is used to slow them down or relieve anxiety) and cocaine (which induces the feeling of grandiosity). About 50% become dependent on alcohol. The spending behaviors of someone with bipolar increases the risks of debt accumulation. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, only 'symptom management'. Any substance that increase mood can trigger a manic episode. This can be drugs like marijuana or cocaine, but also antidepressants or methylation supplements. A major depressive episode in a bipolar disorder is more severe than in a unipolar disorder. The mortality rate of bipolar disorder is 15%. Famous people with bipolar disorder (to name a few): Catherine Zeta-Jones, Amy Winehouse, Mel Gibson, Emilie Autumn, Kurt Cobain, Robin Williams, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carey and Stephen Fry. The last one made a documentary about the disorder. The cases here are rather severe. It is hard to diagnose the condition in children, although there are some symptoms that can be looked out for. It's a general perception that people with bipolar disorder have more talent in art and science. This may be partially true. A lot of comedians and musicians have bipolar disorder. Those who score good on science and especially mathematics seem to have a much higher risk (a 12 fold) of developping the condition.