Recent headlines bring this disorder into the mainstream
The subject of bipolar seems to be getting more attention these days. Movie stars confess to their fan base that they have been secretly dealing with bipolar disorder for years. Violent and nonviolent criminal prosecutors cite the disorder as an explanation of an event or use it as an integral (and many times, valid) part of their defense. Fact is, bipolar disorder is not a recently discovered disease. It was in the late 1800′s that Frenchman Jules Bailarger first presented descriptions of the disorder to the Academie de Medicine in Paris.
Bipolar disorder is an illness affecting areas of the brain governing mood, behavior and judgment. People who suffer from it experience extreme shifts (or “episodes”), feeling low (depressive) at one end (“pole”) or overly excited or high (manic) at the other. In bipolar I disorder, the symptoms are particularly severe, while in bipolar II disorder, the symptoms are subtler and may be harder to diagnose.
The disorder can be difficult to recognize because symptoms may seem like separate problems. Some people suffer for years without being properly diagnosed. The more you know about the disorder, the more likely it is that you or someone you care about will receive the appropriate help. You can view a related video on bipolar disorder here. Find out more about Carrier Clinic in our Information Center .