Definition: Bipolar disorder
is an organic mental illness
classified as a mood disorder. As with all psychiatric disorders, bipolar disorder can range from mild to debilitating. People with bipolar disorder have periods of depression
and periods of excessive excitement and activity. Bipolar disorder can also affect the person's coping skills between high and low periods. Most people with bipolar disorder can benefit from working with a psychiatrist
for therapy and medication.
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that was formerly referred to as manic depression.